MSHA issue fatality alert for drowned truck driver on 25 January 2018

A haul truck driver at Hallett Materials in Iowa drowned in an icy pond on the 25 January 2018 in a fatality alert issued by The Mine Safety and Health Administration. The truck became submerged in icy water after it travelled through a berm and into the pond. Tow trucks and rescue drivers recovered the truck and the victim.

Best Practices: 

  • 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.


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