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Heavy vehicle fatally crushes coal employee

Coal shuttle car fatality
Coal shuttle car fatality

A resources worker died after being pinned by machinery.

Authorities recently examined how a heavy vehicle fatally crushed a coal employee at an undisclosed operation on 2 October 2023.

“A miner died after he was pinned between a shuttle car and a coal rib,” the Mine Safety and Health Administration said in a safety alert.

Investigators made the following recommendations:

  • communicate your presence and intended movements to equipment operators when working around mobile equipment
  • wait for acknowledgement before moving
  • avoid ‘red zone’ areas where equipment operators cannot readily see you
  • increase visibility with reflective clothing and/or strobe light devices.

Click here to read the full safety alert.

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