Series mine accident report

A loader operator was filling a bin when the loader’s bucket hit the upper body of a miner who entered the area unannounced, MSHA reports.

1-Serious Accidentmay-26-2016The miner was conscience and talking and was immediately transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Best practices

  • Always make sure equipment operators see you before entering any area where mobile equipment is operated
  • If possible, make eye contact with the equipment operator
  • When moving to a different area, inform the equipment operator before leaving the area
  • Before moving mobile equipment, look in the direction of travel, use all mirrors, cameras, and installed proximity detection devices to ensure no one is in the intended path
  • Ensure that all persons are clear before moving equipment
  • Sound your horn to warn unseen persons that you are about to move and wait a few moments to give them time to get to a safe location
  • Ensure that backup alarms on mobile equipment are maintained and operational.

This alert can be posted on bulletin boards, used in safety talks, or given to miners and contractors as a hand out.

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