| MSHA's Accident Prevention Program
Hazards Caused by Haul Trucks
|Mine Type: All Surface|
A recent nonfatal accident occurred when a haulage truck crushed a forklift while backing up. This accident demonstrates the importance of completing all the safety checks before backing up.
Be sure you are clear of ground personnel before moving your vehicle. Use:
- Horn signals
- A radio, if needed
- A spotter, if needed
GROUND PERSONNEL (MECHANICS): Never approach equipment unless you have clearly communicated with the operator.
You must clearly communicate your intentions and directions to the operator. Let them know when you are in the clear.
Do not approach mobile equipment unless you know the operator has understood your signals and the equipment is not moving.
See MSHA's "Take the Keys" remedy for more information.
Never Assume! - Safety is communication!
MSHA extends a thank you and a tip of the hardhat to
Jerry Fillingim from Healy, Alaska.
He is a winner of a limited edition sticker and patch.
If you have a tip you would like to pass on, you can e-mail it to zzMSHA-MinersTips@dol.gov. If your Miner's tip is selected, you will receive credit in this space.