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MSHA's Safety Targets Program
Hit By Underground Equipment

From January 2000 to December 2008, there were 26 fatalities related to accidents due to being hit by underground mobile equipment. A majority of these accidents involved the use of remote controlled continuous miner machines, shuttle cars, and load-haul-dump machines.

Of these 26 accidents, 12 involved remote control continuous miner machines. Nearly all of these accidents involved pinchpoints in the "Red Zone." Ten of these accidents involved shuttle cars and load-haul-dump machines and the remaining four accidents involved track equipment and a mobile-bridge-carrier unit. The contributing cause of many of these accidents was a lack of communication.

MSHA believes that all these types of accidents can be prevented if operators follow the guidelines outlined in this "Hit by Underground Equipment" package.

MSHA is distributing this information to increase hazard awareness among miners who operating or work around continuous miner machines, and other underground mobile equipment. Please use this to increase awareness and assist in training equipment operators, helpers, mechanics and other miners who use or work around these types of machines.

Please review this information with miners in your operation and learn about accidents involving being hit by underground mobile equipment. MSHA hopes that this information will help you take measures to prevent you and other miners from being involved in similar accidents, remember "The life you save may be your own."

Please share this information with your co-workers and discuss it at safety meetings. If you have questions or need additional copies of this information, please contact Michael Getto by phone
at 304 547 2303 or by email at

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  • Do's and Don'ts

  • Poster - - Red Zones Are No Zones -

  • Video - - The Right Choice - - Continuous Miner training Video

  • Video - Stay Out of the Danger Zone: Avoiding Pinchpoints Around Continuous Mining Machines

  • Safe Operation & Maintenance of Continuous Miners: Proximity Protection/Remote Miners Single Source Page

  • Program Information Bulletins

  • Procedure Instruction Letter

  • Program Policy Letter

  • Proximity Detection Systems

  • Fatalgrams

  • Close Calls and Near Misses

  • Safety Ideas

  • Miner's Tips

  • Best Practices

  • Safety Hazard Pocket Cards

  • Hazard Alerts

  • Equipment Safety and Health Concerns Internet Link

    Hit By Underground Equipment

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