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Fatal mine accident | Battery powered vehicle

The USA Government, Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has reported a fatal accident in an underground mine involving a miner being struck by a battery-powered vehicle.

According to the report, on October 13, 2020, a miner died after being struck by a battery-powered scoop or utility vehicle. He had parked his shuttle car in an intersection and was exiting when the other vehicle went through a ventilation curtain in an adjacent crosscut roadway and struck him.

The US Mine Safety & Health Administration (MSHA) has issued a number of recommendations including:

  • Installing and maintain proximity detection systems on mobile section equipment.
  • Using transparent curtains for ventilation controls on working sections.
  • Communicate your presence and intended movements. Wait until miners acknowledge your message before moving your equipment.
  • STOP and SOUND an audible warning device before tramming equipment through ventilation curtains.
  • Avoid areas where equipment operators cannot readily see you.
  • Wear personal strobe light devices to increase visibility.

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