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SEPTEMBER 2001

Bulk Powder Truck Backed Over Drill Bench

On September 27, 2001 a miner in District 8 was injured when he backed a powder truck off the edge of a drill bench. The miner was in the process of backing the truck between two rows of predrilled blasting holes that paralleled the edge of the highwall. The right rear wheel dropped off the edge of the bench. This caused the powder truck to overturn and roll over the bench. The driver jumped as the truck overturned and he was trapped beneath the truck as it came to rest on its wheels, approximately 19 feet below. He received severe injuries when he was pinned by the overturning truck.
Damaged Powder Truck

BEST PRACTICES
  • Instruct all equipment operators to wear snug fitting seat belts when their equipment is in motion.
  • Mobile equipment operators should always be aware of surrounding areas and surface conditions.
  • Use spotters with positive communication when traversing in or near drill patterns.
  • Accident history indicates that equipment operators are less likely to be seriously injured if they remain in the cab when equipment becomes uncontrolled.

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This file was last updated on 1/28/2003

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.