Department of Labor
Mine Safety and Health Administration
Refuse Bin Collapse
truck operator was recently injured while performing his normal
duties at a District 8 area coal cleaning plant. The truck driver
had been hauling refuse from the plant to a nearby dumping point.
Upon returning from his last haul trip, the driver positioned the
truck underneath the hopper bin, waiting for another load. He
remained in the cab of the refuse truck. Without warning, the
entire refuse bin tore loose from its mounting and fell into the
empty truck. The impact of the bin collapsing into the truck
injured the truck operator. Although he was able to exit the
truck, the driver was unable to attract the attention of a fellow
worker who was operating another piece of equipment in the area.
Due to his injuries, the truck operator could not walk
immediately after exiting the refuse truck. After the passage of
approximately ninety-five minutes, he crawled and partially
walked to the plant office where medical assistance was summoned.
The injured truck operator was transported by ambulance to a
nearby community hospital where he was treated and released.
- Adequate examinations should be made of all workplaces prior
to beginning any work. Surface structures should be checked for
structural stability, corrosion, damage, or any other hazardous
- All structures should be maintained in good repair.
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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.