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MSHA Job Safety Tips

Truck Drivers Vehicle Capabilities

In the last five years, there have been 114 fatalities in the mining industry involving surface haulage.

SEVENTYTHREE of the fatalities, or 64 percent, involved TRUCKS.

Some of the causes of truck accidents have been: loss of control of the vehicle; faulty brakes or other defective equipment; driving too fast for conditions; the truck being overloaded; use of unsafe dumping practices; and use of parking procedures which did not hold the truck.

These types of accidents can occur if an operator is not familiar with the capabilities and limitations of the truck, or doesn't perform a proper preoperation examination.

Another cause of accidents has been persons on foot getting run over by trucks, or pinned between two vehicles.

BEFORE driving a truck a driver should:
U.S. Department of Labor
Mine Safety and Health Administration