METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY – On January 25, 2018, an articulated haul truck travelled through a berm and into an ice covered pond, submerging the truck’s cab. Rescuers utilized divers and tow trucks to pull the submerged truck from the pond and recover the victim.
- Do not operate heavy equipment when fatigued. The effects of fatigue include tiredness, reduced energy, and physical or mental exhaustion. These conditions become progressively worse as fatigue increases.
- Maintain control and stay alert when operating mobile equipment. Monitor persons routinely to determine safe work procedures are followed.
- Conduct adequate pre-operational checks and correct any defects affecting safety in a timely manner prior to operating mobile equipment. Maintain equipment braking and steering systems in good repair and adjustment.
- Operate mobile equipment at speeds consistent with the conditions of roadways, tracks, grades, clearance, visibility, curves, and traffic.
- Ensure that berms are adequate for the vehicles present on site, including but not limited to height, material, and built on firm ground.
- Ensure that all exits from cabs on mobile equipment, including alternate and emergency exits, are maintained and operable.
- Use seat belts when operating mobile equipment.
This is the 1st fatality reported in calendar year 2018 in metal and nonmetal mining. As of this date in 2017, there was 1 fatal reported in metal and nonmetal mining. This is the 1st Powered Haulage fatality in 2018. There were no Powered Haulage fatalities during the same period in 2017.