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District 8 - Coal Mine Safety and Health
Info-Grams and Close Call Accidents

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Department of Labor
Mine Safety and Health Administration

Accident Info-Gram
APRIL 2002

Driver Fell From Trailer

A fall-of-person accident recently occurred at a District 8 surface mine. While dislodging a tarp on an over-the-road truck, the truck driver fell. A contract coal-haulage company employed the driver. As the victim rolled the tarp over the loaded trailer, its stiffener pipe hung in the tarp's damaged web-seam. The victim then climbed onto the truck's trailer to free the part of the tarp that had caught in the seam. As the tarp came loose, the tarp and stiffener pipe recoiled, causing the victim to lose footing and fall approximately 7 feet to the ground. The driver sustained a broken pelvis.
Over-the-Road TruckNo Climbing on Truck Sign
  • Use safety harnesses and lanyards, or the equivalent, at properly designed locations or structures when climbing onto material trailers.
  • Follow company safety rules.
  • Maintain equipment in good repair.

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This file was last updated on 1/30/2003

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.