MSHA Reports 10 Fatal Machinery Accidents

SOURCE: MSHA | October 27, 202

Ten machinery accidents occurred.  These fatal accidents involved three bulldozers, a haul truck tire’s locking ring that dislodged and struck a miner, and the side plate of a shaker screen that fell during disassembly and struck a miner.  It also includes two truck drivers who were fatally struck, and three miners who were struck while equipment lifts were being performed.

Best Practices:

  • Maintain equipment in safe operating condition.
  • Examine work areas prior to beginning work and operating heavy equipment.
  • Operate equipment on stable ground and away from hazards.
  • Maintain control of equipment and stay alert.
  • Always wear seatbelts: remain inside the cab; never attempt to jump clear; consider the use of four-point seat belt systems and new technology that provides early warning of tipping.
  • Provide adequate means to prevent locking rings (rims) from creating a hazard. Use tire cages and deflate tires before conducting repairs.
  • Train miners to safely perform task.

To comment on this story or for additional details click on related button above.