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Mine Safety and Health Administration MSHA's Accident Prevention Program
Safety Idea

Safe Dump Point Procedures

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Mine Type: All Surface
Category: Haulage


Safety Tip: Always "dump short" of the edge when a pile has been loaded-out below the dump point.

Truck at bottom of berm Truck flipped over


Many fatal accidents have occurred on truck-built stockpiles when a truck has attempted to dump above an area where the pile has been loaded-out.

Dump Truck Where a pile has been loaded-out or undercut below the dump point, the safe procedure is to "dump short."
Truck dumping short of edge A good rule-of-thumb is to dump at least one truck-length back from the edge...
Dozer pushing material ...then push the material over with a track-mounted dozer.


The mining industry is strongly encouraged to consider and adopt this suggestion. MSHA believes that unnecessary injuries and fatalities could be avoided in the future as a result.


Reissued: 04/30/2002
Tag # AP2002-S013