According to the United States Department of Labor (USDL), haul trucks and other large surface mining vehicles are capable of destroying smaller vehicles that cannot be seen by the operator. Therefore enhancing safety precautions is vital to the health of the employees. You can enforce precautions such as traffic controls, safety training, and reminding employees of the dangers of being distracted on the job.
You can also apply key safety practices such as:
- Communicate and verify with all equipment operators any planned movements and location upon entering or exiting a work area.
- Ensure all persons are trained to recognize workplace hazards. Specifically, train equipment operators on the limited visibility and blind spot areas that are inherent to the operation of large equipment. Do not drive or park smaller vehicles in mobile equipment’s potential path of movement.
- Instruct all operators on the importance of using flags or strobe lights on the cabs of their vehicles to make haulage truck operators aware of their location. Flags must be high enough to be in the view of equipment operators.
- Install and maintain collision avoidance/warning technologies on mobile equipment.
By applying these safety practices as suggested by the USDL, you’ll be able to minimize and prevent any hazards, injuries, or fatalities involving mining vehicles on your worksite.
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