Blaine Kirk Linck, a haul truck driver, age 54, was fatally injured on March 8, 2016, when his truck traveled beyond the dump site berm and down a slope, about 80 feet, coming to rest in 14 feet of water.
The accident occurred because mine management failed to ensure that the victim maintained control of the truck he was operating at all times and failed to ensure that the victim was wearing a seat belt, the Mine Safety and Health Administration report says.
Beck Street South, a surface sand and gravel mine, is owned and operated by Staker & Parsons Companies and is located in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah.
Sand and gravel is drilled and blasted from a multiple bench quarry. The operator uses a track excavator to load haul trucks, which then transport broken rock and gravel to the onsite plant for crushing and sizing. The final product is sold for use in the construction industry.
The Mine Safety and Health Administration completed the last regular inspection at this operation on February 18, 2016.
Linck attended the regularly scheduled safety meeting and was assigned by Neilo Taylor, lead man, to operate a Caterpillar 775E truck. Linck and Gary Erickson, haul truck driver, were assigned to haul reject material from an upper bench to the north dump site. After conducting a pre-operational inspection of his haul truck, Linck began hauling material.
Linck had five years of mining experience. He had four months of experience at his regular duties as a haul truck operator. A representative of MSHA’s Educational Field and Small Mines Services conducted an in-depth review of the mine operator’s training records for Linck. The records were found to be up to date and in compliance with MSHA requirements.
A root cause analysis was conducted and the following root causes were identified:
- Management failed to ensure that the operator maintained control of his equipment
- Corrective Actions:
Management retrained all equipment operators in maintaining control of equipment while in operation
- Management failed to ensure that the operator wore a seat belt while operating mobile equipment
- Corrective Action:
- Management retrained all equipment operators in the use of seat belts while operating mobile equipment
The accident occurred due to managements’ failure to ensure that equipment operators maintain control of their equipment and wear seat belts at all times.