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COAL MINE FATALITY - - On Saturday, December 4, 2010, a 32 year old contract truck driver with four years of experience was killed in a Powered Haulage accident on a coal mine haul road. The loaded truck struck the left berm on the elevated roadway and over-turned on the road, trapping the victim under the cab.

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Best Practices

  • Never operate a truck or other mobile equipment without using a seat belt.
  • Know the truck's capabilities, operating ranges, load-limits and properly maintain the brakes and other safety features.
  • Construct roadway berms to appropriate strengths and geometries.
  • Train all employees on proper work procedures, hazard recognition and avoidance, and proper use of roadway berms.
  • Observe all speed limits, traffic rules, and ensure that grades on haulage roads are appropriate for haulage equipment being used.
  • Always select the proper gear and downshift well in advance of descending the grade.
  • Monitor work habits routinely and examine work areas to ensure that safe work procedures are followed
  • Maintain control of equipment at all times, making allowances for the prevailing conditions (low visibility, inclement weather, etc).
  • Maintain equipment braking and steering systems in good repair and adjustment.
  • Do not attempt to exit or jump from a moving vehicle
  • For more information that can be used to prevent this type of accident refer to the link below:
    MSHA - Safety Targets Program - Operating Surface Equipment (Coal) Safety Target Package - Trucks

    More Information E-mail Suggestion for Accident Prevention Program Submit your own suggestion for a remedy to prevent this type of accident in the future.
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    This is the 48th fatality reported in calendar year 2010 in the coal mining industry. As of this date in 2009 there were 16 fatalities reported in the coal mining industry. This is the th fatality classified as Powered Haulage in 2010. At this time in 2009, there were 7 fatalities in this classification.

    The information provided in this notice is based on preliminary data ONLY and does not represent final determinations regarding the nature of the incident or conclusions regarding the cause of the fatality.

    For more information:
    Fatal Alert Bulletin Icon MSHA's Fatal Accident Investigation Report