METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY - – On July 23, 2014, a 51-year-old contract truck driver with 30 years of experience was killed at a cement operation while delivering a load of fly ash. The victim exited the truck to remove the tarp. A front-end loader backed down a ramp and struck the victim, pinning him against the truck.
- Task train all persons to stay clear of mobile equipment.
- Be aware of the location and traffic patterns of mobile equipment in your work area.
- Before moving mobile equipment, look in the direction of travel and use all mirrors and cameras to ensure no persons are in the intended path.
- Sound the horn to warn persons of intended movement and give them time to move to a safe location.
- Operate mobile equipment at reduced speeds in work areas.
- Ensure that backup alarms and lights on mobile equipment are maintained and operational.
- Remain in your truck when mobile equipment is being operated nearby.
- Communicate with mobile equipment operators and ensure they acknowledge your presence. Stay in the line of sight with mobile equipment operators. Never assume the equipment operator sees you.
- Before operating equipment, always ensure other persons are clear and safely positioned.
This is the 16th fatality reported in calendar year 2014 in metal and nonmetal mining. As of this date in 2013, there were 9 fatalities reported in metal and nonmetal mining. This is the 4th Powered Haulage fatality in 2014. There were 4 Powered Haulage fatalities in the same period in 2013.