MSHA Reports Second Fatality of 2024

MSHA reported that on Jan. 29, a miner died when his haul truck traveled over the edge of a stockpile and overturned. This is the second fatality reported in 2024, and the second classified as “Powered Haulage.”

MSHA recommends the following best practices to avoid this type of accident:

  • Examine dumping locations before work begins to identify hazardous conditions, especially after heavy rain or other significant weather changes.
  • Always wear a seatbelt.
  • Provide adequate illumination at dumping locations.
  • Ensure dumping locations are properly designed, constructed, and maintained.
  • Dump material at a safe distance from the edge and push the material over the edge with a bulldozer.
  • Construct substantial berms as a visual indicator to prevent overtravel at dumping locations. Clearly mark dumping locations with reflectors and/or markers.
  • Do not remove material from the toe of stockpiles when it would create instability at dumping locations.

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