As the fifth most-common way to get injured in the aggregates industry, staying safe around powered haulage equipment is a necessity for miners.
The National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association has created a new poster through its partnership with the Mine Safety and Health Administration that warns of the dangers of powered haulage equipment and how to stay safe.
The poster gives three short descriptions of injuries from powered haulage equipment in the industry: a miner whose arm was pulled into a return roller, one who failed to lower a haul truck’s bed properly and another miner whose dump truck fell 30 feet into a dumpsite when he tried to raise the bed.
The following best practices could help avoid a power haulage equipment injury.
- Always inspect equipment for safety defects prior to operating. If defects are found, tag and remove the equipment from service
- Ensure that equipment operators are properly task trained
- Maintain control and limit distractions when driving or operating mobile equipment
- Ensure that haul truck operators remain inside vehicles when they are being loaded
- Maintain equipment steering and braking systems and follow the manufacturer’s service and maintenance schedules.