October 14, 2020 Fatality - Fatality Alert

Accident Report: Fatality Reference: 

MINE FATALITY – On October 14, 2020, a lead person was killed when his pickup truck was struck by a haul truck.

Accident scene where a lead person was killed when his pickup truck was struck by a haul truck
Best Practices: 
  • Install and maintain collision avoidance/warning systems.
  • Equip smaller vehicles with strobe lights and flags positioned high enough to be seen from the cabs of haulage trucks in all lighting conditions.
  • Establish and follow communication protocols that require verbal verification for all mobile equipment operators.
  • Design haul roads to minimize congested areas and maximize visibility.
  • Do not drive smaller vehicles in a large truck’s potential path.
  • Train miners on mobile traffic patterns and policies. Do not rely on training or other administrative controls alone to prevent powered haulage or other accidents.
Additional Information: 

This is the 20th fatality reported in 2020 and the fifth classified as “Powered Haulage.”