Mine worker struck and killed by shuttle car

February 7, 2019 Mining Editor

The US Mine Safety & Health Administration (MSHA) have reported a fatality where a mineworker was struck and killed by a shuttle car in an underground mine roadway.

MSHA said that on Monday, January 14, 2019, a 56-year-old survey crew member with approximately 30 years of mining experience was fatally injured after he was struck by a loaded shuttle car. The victim was measuring the mining height in an entry that was part of the roadway used by the shuttle car to access the section feeder.

MSHA has advised that before performing work in an active haulage roadway, communicate your position and intended movements to mobile equipment operators and park mobile equipment until work has been completed.

• Never assume mobile equipment operators can see you. Always wear reflective clothing and permissible strobe lights to ensure high visibility when travelling or working where mobile equipment is operating.

• Be aware of blind spots on mobile equipment when travelling in the same areas where mobile equipment operates.

• Place visible warning and barrier devices at all entrances to areas prior to performing work in active roadways of mobile equipment.

• Operate mobile equipment at safe speeds and sound audible warnings when visibility is obstructed, making turns, reversing direction, etc. Ensure sound levels of audible warnings are significantly higher than ambient noise.

• Ensure directional lights are on when equipment is being operated. Maintain all lights provided on mobile equipment in proper working condition at all times.

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