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January 26, 2022 Fatality - Fatality Alert

Accident Report: Fatality Reference: 

MINE FATALITY – On January 26, 2022, a dump truck rolled backward onto a 54 year-old miner while the miner was attempting to troubleshoot a brake issue.  The dump truck operator was unaware that the miner was under the truck when he released the parking brake, allowing the dump truck to roll backward. 

Accident scene where a dump truck rolled backward onto a 54 year-old miner while the miner was attempting to troubleshoot a brake issue.
Best Practices: 
  • Block machinery or equipment against hazardous motion before performing repairs or maintenance.
  • Communicate with mobile equipment operators and assure they acknowledge your presence, before traveling near mobile equipment.  Do not assume that mobile equipment operators know that you are in the vicinity.
Additional Information: 

This is the 5th fatality reported in 2022, and the first classified as “Powered Haulage.”