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Mine Safety and Health Administration MSHA's Accident Prevention Program
Miner's Tip

Hazards Caused by Haul Trucks

Safety Something YOU can live with!
Mine Type: All Surface
Category: Haulage
Photo of Crushed Fork Lift
A recent nonfatal accident occurred when a haulage truck crushed a forklift while backing up. This accident demonstrates the importance of completing all the safety checks before backing up.


Be sure you are clear of ground personnel before moving your vehicle. Use:

Consider the value of video cameras on your mobile machines and evaluate the confines of your work area.

Never approach equipment unless you have clearly communicated with the operator.

You must clearly communicate your intentions and directions to the operator. Let them know when you are in the clear.

Do not approach mobile equipment unless you know the operator has understood your signals and the equipment is not moving.

See MSHA's "Take the Keys" remedy for more information.

Never Assume! - Safety is communication!

Reissued: 04/30/2002
Tag # AP2002-M030
MSHA extends a thank you and a tip of the hardhat to
Jerry Fillingim from Healy, Alaska.
He is a winner of a limited edition sticker and patch.

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