District 5 - Coal Mine Safety and Health
A Near Miss
On September 13, 1999 a Ford coal haulage truck overturned while dumping from the top of a 40 foot high raw coal stockpile. The stockpile had been loaded out (undermined) from the toe. The truck driver sustained minor bruises. On August 24, 1999, just 20 days earlier, a loaded haulage truck overturned while descending a 14 percent grade. Because the driver's seatbelt was fastened, the head injuries he received were minor.
- Ensure usage of seatbelts when operating vehicles. Seatbelts have saved many lives during machine haulage accidents.
- Maintain a berm/stop block a safe distance from the edge when dumping from the top of a stockpile.
- Always assure stockpile stability, especially when stockpile is being loaded out from the toe.
- Examine berms and ensure ground stability at dumping points prior to dumping.
- Maintain brakes in good working condition at all times.