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October 2006

Contract Truck Went Over Berm

On October 10, 2006, a contract trucker slid down a waste pile at a surface mine in District 8.
       Contractor truckers haul refuse from the preparation plant to a mud pit and dump it over an enbankment. A contract truck driver was in the process of dumping refuse. After backing up to the berm at the edge of the refuse enbankment, the truck driver engaged the power-take-off. At that time, the driver felt a jerk. The truck slid down the embankment face and into the mud pit below. The driver was wearing a seat belt and was not injured.

Truck Over Waste Pile

BEST PRACTICES

  • Adequate berms should be constructed and maintained at all elevated dumpsites.
  • Trucks should back perpendicular to the berm and not run up on the berm when dumping.
  • All personnel, who operate or ride in mobile equipment, should wear seat belts at all times the equipment is in motion.

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This file was last updated on 10/26/2006

This information was provided by concerned miners in an effort to eliminate accidents. Accident or "close call" information within District 8 may be shared by contacting the MSHA office at (812) 882-7617.