Department of Labor
Mine Safety and Health Administration
Blind Spot Accident
A potentially serious accident occurred recently at a District 8
surface mine. The accident involved two (2) Euclid R85 haul
trucks, which were hauling coal from the pit area to the
preparation plant. The accident occurred when one truck pulled
into the pit to be loaded with coal at the coal loader. The
driver of the second truck pulled into the pit to be loaded and
parked on the blind side of the loaded truck. Unaware of the
presence of the waiting parked truck, the driver of the loaded
truck backed up approximately ten feet in order to exit the pit.
While in motion, the loaded truck struck the parked truck,
damaging the driver's door and windshield. No injuries occurred,
however, this was a potentially serious incident !
- Surface equipment and truck operators should always be aware
of their vehicle “blind spots”.
- Sound horn and follow established procedures before moving
- Establish and adhere to standardized traffic controls and
- During loading and hauling, all trucks should maintain a safe
distance between them.
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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.