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Mine Safety and Health Administration MSHA's Accident Prevention Program
Miner's Tip

Positive Communications

Safety Something YOU can live with!
Mine Type: All Surface
Category: Communications
Tips Drawing
Can you see the white truck in the round mirror?
Can you see the person standing next to the white truck ?
The person is very hard to see.

Communication must be two-way or it isn't communication. This applies to audible and visual communication.

Recently a foreman was fatally injured when he was crushed beneath a truck. The accident occurred as the truck was backing toward the dump point. The victim was in the process of moving a water hose when a truck backed over him. Prior to the accident, the victim was in his office and notified the truck driver with a CB radio that he was going to cross the work area. However, it was later reported that no one heard a response to the victim's announcement. Following these communication procedures may save your life:



Reissued: 04/30/2002
Tag # AP2002-M033


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