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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