District 5 - Coal Mine Safety and Health
A Caterpillar 777-C Haulage Truck was descending a grade of approximately 14 degrees, loaded with 75 tons of coal. The truck traveled upon the left embankment and overturned after descending a distance of 210 feet from the pit. The driver received only minor head injuries due to the fact that he was wearing a seatbelt.
- Always Wear Seatbelts When Operating Vehicles. Seatbelts Have Saved Many Lives During Mine Haulage Accidents.
- Check the Gear Position Before Descending Steep Grades.
- Be Aware of Grades and Road Conditions.
- Stay in Control of Vehicles at All Times.
- Maintain Brakes in Good Working Condition.