Dangerous incident report

October 31, 2017 Tara

Dangerous incident

Summary: An empty mining haul truck was descending a ramp after rain, and the operator lost control of the truck. The truck skidded into the potential path of a loaded haul truck. The two trucks stopped approximately 12 m apart.


Recommendations to industry: Hazard: velocity/inertia of vehicles.
Risk: harm to people from collision between mobile plant.
Recommendations:
Principle hazard management plans for Roads or other vehicle operating areas should consider factors that may affect operator visibility or ability to control a vehicle:

  • fog, sunlight, storms or dust
  • fatigue
  • slippery road conditions
  • obstructions that affect lines of sight.
  • Vehicle operating areas should have fit-for purpose barriers such as bunding or windrows to prevent uncontrolled vehicles going over embankments.
  • Drivers should be reminded to travel at speeds suitable for the conditions.

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