MSHA reported that on March 9, a truck driver died at United States Lime & Minerals Inc.’s Johnson County, Texas, location when the tractor’s rear wheels ran over him. A front-end loader struck the tractor-trailer from behind, causing the tractor to move forward.
This is the 11th fatality reported in 2023, and the second classified as “Powered Haulage.”
MSHA recommends the following best practices to avoid this type of accident:
- Do not leave mobile equipment unattended unless the transmission is in the park position, and parking brakes of all units in a combination vehicle are set.
- Chock or turn wheels of mobile equipment into a bank when parked on a grade.
- Never position yourself in hazardous areas around mobile equipment.