Summary: The operator of a load haul dump vehicle alighted from the machine and noticed it was still moving. The operator re-entered the driver’s cabin and initiated the park brake, stopping the machine. The driver had alighted with engine running and without initiating the park brake. It was reported that the operator mistakenly ‘assumed the cabin door park brake interlock would operate the park brake’.
Recommendations to industry: Mine operators should communicate with vehicle operators about the importance of following park-up procedures in accordance with manufacturer’s recommendations and/or site training. Application of the park brake before exiting the cabin is generally required and door to park brake interlocks should not be relied on for parking.