District 5 - Coal Mine Safety and Health
A Very Close Call
On Wednesday, August 11, 2004, at approximately 1:15 p. m. a truck driver sustained a concussion, fractured ankle and fractured hip. After loading an A25 Volvo truck with refuse, the victim drove down grade approaching a 19 percent incline. The driver exited the cab. The truck continued down hill for another 140 feet before contacting the right-side berm. It traveled up the berm causing the cab to turn right and the dump to articulate and rotate onto its side.
- An inspection should be conducted before placing equipment in operation.
- Equipment defects affecting safety should be corrected before its utilization.
- Equipment operating speeds should be consistent with conditions, grades, clearance, visibility and traffic.