District 5 - Coal Mine Safety and Health
A Near Miss
On September 12, 2000, a loaded coal haulage truck was beginning to descend a steep grade when the driver realized that he had a loss of air pressure and ineffective brakes. After steering into and along an embankment, the driver jumped clear of the truck. The truck traveled along the embankment for approximately 130 feet, then overturned onto the edge of the roadway. The driver received no apparent injuries.
- Thoroughly perform pre-operational examinations of mobile equipment as required.
- Functionally test brakes before operation.
- Maintain brakes in good working condition.
- Check the gear position before descending steep grades.
- Correct safety defects before equipment is used.