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MSHA Job Safety Tips


Haulage Roads

Haulage road conditions can play a big part in the safety of a mining operation. Poor road conditions can make it much more difficult to operate equipment safely.

Hazardous conditions include: grades that are too steep; roadways that are too narrow; inadequate traffic control signs; unstable slopes; poor drainage; problems due to weather conditions; inadequate sight distance at the crest of hills and around curves; and lack of adequate berms or guardrails.

These conditions can lead to loss of control of the truck, collisions with other vehicles, runaway trucks, and trucks going off the roadway and overturning.

Important considerations for keeping haul roads safe include:
U.S. Department of Labor
Mine Safety and Health Administration