Dangerous incident: dozer trammed

Summary: A dozer was trammed up a rill between two benches with a height difference of approximately 4 m. Upon reaching the crest of the rill, the operator steered the dozer to the left as it drove over the windrow on the edge of the bench. The right hand track sank into the loose material, causing the dozer to roll onto its right hand side. The operator was uninjured and was able to safely exit himself from the cab and raise the alarm. He was wearing a seat belt at the time of the incident.

Recommendations to industry:

  • Dozer operators should carry out an inspection of an area before entering as part of their personal risk assessment.
  • Dozer operators should always wear seat belts.
  • Consider tilt alarms to alert operator when excessive cross grades occur.

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