Articulated dump truck incidents occur across the mining and quarrying industries with alarming regularity. Some of those incidents are fatalities. This week a regulator reported that ‘an articulated dump truck veered off a haul road. The truck driver over-corrected the steering when trying to bring the truck back onto the road, resulting in the truck rolling over.’
It’s certainly not the first incident involving loss of control of an articulated dump truck. In April last year, we reported that articulated dump truck rollovers were occurring on at least a bimonthly cycle and a quarry worker was killed in a Queensland quarry in July 2018 when he was pinned under a cab following a rollover.
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Of the articulated truck incidents occurring, mines inspectors reported that 37% occurred while articulated trucks were reversing-riding up over uneven ground or stockpiles and 35% occurred whilst vehicles were turning-speed, downhill, reverse cambers and wet surfaces. A further 22% occurred whilst vehicles were travelling-operator loss of control.