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#24 - Mobile Equipment/Brakes
    Last year, mishaps involving mobile equipment killed nearly one-third of all victims of fatal mining accidents. Defective brakes were a factor in four of five recent mobile equipment accidents.

    Hello, I'm Bob Friend with the Mine Safety and Health Administration.

    Accidents involving mobile equipment at mining operations have replaced roof falls as the leading cause of fatalities in mining.

    Here are some good practices that can reduce the chances of it happening at your mining operation:

    Inspect your equipment thoroughly.

    Be sure to maintain all of your mobile equipment in accordance with the original equipment manufacturer's specifications. Never exceed these specifications.

    Always test the brakes on mobile equipment before the equipment is used.

    And please remember--seat belts should be provided and always worn whenever mobile equipment is being operated.

    Thank you for listening.