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District 5 - Coal Mine Safety and Health


A Near Miss


Coal Truck


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.

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