The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) published the final report on a Nov. 16, 2019 fatality involving a contractor who stepped into the path of a bulldozer while spotting for a dump truck.
MSHA offers the following best practices to prevent these types of accidents:
- Safety first. Before starting work, establish and discuss safe work procedures. Identify and control all hazards associated with the work and properly protect workers.
- Know where people are. Be aware of body positioning around equipment, traffic patterns, dump sites, and haul roads.
- Train miners and contractors on traffic controls, mobile equipment patterns, and other site-specific hazards.
- Stay alert. Do not place yourself in harm’s way.
- Communicate with mobile equipment operators and ensure they acknowledge your presence.
- Ensure travelways are clear before moving a vehicle or mobile equipment.
- Look behind you. Install “rear viewing” cameras or other collision warning systems on mobile equipment. When backing up, look over your shoulder to eliminate blind spots. When using mirrors, use all available mirrors.
- Wear reflective material while working around mobile equipment. Use flags, visible to equipment operators, to make miners and smaller vehicles more visible.