Mining Publication: Preventing Slips, Trips and Falls from Front-end Loaders

Original creation date: January 2018

Non-Peer Reviewed Journal Article - January 2018

NIOSHTIC2 Number: 20051753

Pit Quarry 2018 Jan; 110(7):66-72

Front-end loaders are the workhorses in mining and are ubiquitous to many operations.

Unfortunately, slips, trips and falls (STFs) are also commonplace at mine sites. Many non-fatal injuries occur when getting on (ingress) and off of (egress) equipment at surface mines.

Mobile equipment, such as front-end loaders, tractor-shovels, payloaders, high-lifts and skip loaders, account for the largest proportion of these non-fatal injuries. The high prevalence of slip and fall injuries when getting on and off of equipment, especially front-end loaders, highlights the need to improve the safety of this critical activity.

Researchers at the National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH) examined 20 years of injury data to determine the injury causes, contributing factors and equipment characteristics associated with STFs on front-end loaders. Our key findings and recommendations from that analysis can be used by mining companies to improve worker safety during ingress and egress from front-end loaders.

Authors: J Pollard, M Nasarwanji

First page of Preventing Slips, Trips and Falls from Front-end Loaders showing a photo of a front-end loader along with text from the article.
Non-Peer Reviewed Journal Article - January 2018

NIOSHTIC2 Number: 20051753

Pit Quarry 2018 Jan; 110(7):66-72


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