District 5 - Coal Mine Safety and Health
A Near Miss
On Thursday, October 11, 2001, at 8:00 p.m., a maintenance (lube) truck driver began traveling down an elevated roadway to service equipment at a nearby location. The driver activated his jake brake, and it failed to operate. He immediately applied the foot brake, and the truck failed to stop. The truck jumped out of gear as the driver was trying to gain control. Knowing he could not make the right turn at the bottom of the roadway, the driver jumped from the truck, causing injuries to his head and left leg.
- Conduct an inspection of all mobile loading and haulage equipment before the equipment is placed in operation. Equipment defects affecting safety shall be recorded and reported to the mine operator.
- Before descending an elevated roadway, always gear down the transmission, check the jake brake, wheel brakes, and air pressure.