The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) issued the following close call accident alert.
A truck operator was driving a water truck back to the plant from the quarry when he reached for the CB radio to change to a different channel used by haul trucks when on mine property. The driver took his eyes off the road and dropped the front wheel off the pavement pulling the truck off the road.
The steepness of the bank caused the truck to tip over. The driver was wearing his seat belt and was not injured. He was able to exit the truck through the windshield.
MSHA recommends the following best practices to avoid these types of accidents:
- Wear your seatbelt.
- Maintain control of mobile equipment.
- Eliminate distractions while operating equipment. Stop if you need to, eliminate the distraction and then continue your work.
- Ensure that objects inside of the cab are secured so they don’t become airborne during an accident.
This alert can be posted on bulletin boards, used in safety talks, or given to miners and contractors as a hand out, MSHA said.