Department of Labor
Mine Safety and Health Administration
Contract Truck Went Over Berm
On October 10, 2006, a contract trucker slid down a waste pile at a surface mine in District 8.
Contractor truckers haul refuse from the preparation plant to a mud pit and dump it over an enbankment. A contract truck driver was in the process of dumping refuse. After backing up to the berm at the edge of the refuse enbankment, the truck driver engaged the power-take-off.
At that time, the driver felt a jerk. The truck slid down the embankment face and into the mud pit below. The driver was wearing a seat belt and was not injured.
- Adequate berms should be constructed and maintained at all elevated dumpsites.
- Trucks should back perpendicular to the berm and not run up on the berm when dumping.
- All personnel, who operate or ride in mobile equipment, should wear seat belts at all times the equipment is in motion.
This information was provided by concerned
miners in an effort to eliminate accidents. Accident or "close
call" information within District 8 may be shared by contacting
the MSHA office at (812) 882-7617.