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

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Mine Safety and Health Administration


Surface Haulage
Blind Spot Accident

A potentially serious accident occurred recently at a District 8 surface mine. The accident involved two (2) Euclid R85 haul trucks, which were hauling coal from the pit area to the preparation plant. The accident occurred when one truck pulled into the pit to be loaded with coal at the coal loader. The driver of the second truck pulled into the pit to be loaded and parked on the blind side of the loaded truck. Unaware of the presence of the waiting parked truck, the driver of the loaded truck backed up approximately ten feet in order to exit the pit. While in motion, the loaded truck struck the parked truck, damaging the driver's door and windshield. No injuries occurred, however, this was a potentially serious incident !
  • Surface equipment and truck operators should always be aware of their vehicle “blind spots”.
  • Sound horn and follow established procedures before moving the vehicle.
  • Establish and adhere to standardized traffic controls and traffic patterns.
  • During loading and hauling, all trucks should maintain a safe distance between them.

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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.