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

Tarping Platform

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Mine Type: All Surface
Category: Haulage


One mine came up with the idea of using an old flat bed trailer equipped with handrails around the bed to eliminate slips and falls while tarping loads. They would park this flatbed in an open area and put a set of stairs against it. Trucks and trailers to be tarped would be pulled directly along side and drivers would work from the trailer with handrails to cover their loads.

(Sam Ricci, Jr., the owner of the company stated the idea was a joint effort on the part of his employees and the contract trucking companies. MSHA salutes everyone involved.)

Drawing Depicting Truck Tarping Drawing Depicting Truck Tarping


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.

A worn out flatbed trailer with a decent deck, steps and railing is estimated to cost less than $1200 for parts and labor.

Reissued: 04/30/2002
Tag # AP2002-S022


MSHA extends a thank you and a tip of the hardhat to
The Ricci Bros. Sand Company of Port Morris NJ, a winner of a limited edition sticker and patch.

If you have a tip or remedy you would like to pass on, you can E-Mail it to "zzMSHA-MinersTips@dol.gov"