MSHA Reports 32nd Fatality of 2023

MSHA reported that on Sept. 12, a haul truck operator at Cape Sandy #1, Crawford, Ind., died after his haul truck backed through the berm at a dump point and became submerged in a pond.

This is the 32nd fatality reported in 2023, and the eighth classified as “Powered Haulage.”

  • MSHA recommends the following best practices to avoid this type of accident:
  • Construct substantial berms or similar impeding devices at dumping locations where there is a hazard of overtravel or overturning.
  • Do not travel into or onto berms.
  • Dump material from a safe location and push the material over the edge with a bulldozer.
  • Conduct workplace and ground condition examinations before work begins.
  • Mark dump locations with reflectors, signage, or other indicators.

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