METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY -On July 30, 1999, a 26-year-old haul truck operator with 2 years mining experience was fatally injured at a crushed stone operation. The victim was ascending a stockpile ramp when his loaded truck stopped. The truck drifted backward and the right rear wheel climbed the stockpile embankment causing the truck to overturn. The victim was not wearing a seat belt.
This is the 28th fatality reported in calendar year 1999 in the metal and nonmetal mining industries. As of this date in 1998, there were 32 fatalities reported in these industries. This is the tenth fatality classified as Powered Haulage in 1999. There were 12 Powered Haulage fatalities in the same period in 1998.
Equipment operators should always wear seat belts.
Brake systems on mobile equipment should be maintained in functional condition.
Roadways and ramps should be designed to reduce steep grades.
For more information:
MSHA's Fatal Accident Investigation Report