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Driver pinned under haul truck that went off quarry road and tipped over.

Iowa Department of Public Health
Morgantown, WV: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, FACE 04IA051, 2008 Dec; :1-7
A 58-year-old man with many years of mining experience had been driving a haul truck for only a couple of weeks before he was crushed under it in the autumn of 2004. The loaded haul truck he was driving had a gross vehicle weight rating of approximately 63 ton (57 tonne), including its maximum payload of 35 ton (31.8 tonne). The truck went off the left (pit) side of the haul road and continued downhill across a slope covered with loose rocks. The driver was ejected or jumped and was pinned under the front left corner of the haul truck cab as the truck came to rest on its left side. The truck's braking systems were not well maintained and lack of seat belt use contributed to this miner's death. Recommendations: 1. Operators and/or maintenance personnel should perform pre-operation inspections to ensure haul trucks are free of visible problems which could adversely impact safety. 2. Operators should check the function and performance of service, retarder, parking and secondary or supplemental braking systems to ensure they are working properly before putting haul trucks into service. 3. A service technician should perform regularly-scheduled inspection and maintenance of braking and steering system components. 4. Operators of haul trucks should keep their seatbelt fastened whenever the truck is moving.
Region-7; Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Mining-equipment; Mining-industry; Equipment-operators; Drivers; Motor-vehicles
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-04IA051; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-708674; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-008460
Priority Area
Services; Wholesale and Retail Trade
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Performing Organization
Iowa Department of Public Health
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division