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Heavy vehicle operator dies from travelling underwater

Haul truck driver drowns
Haul truck driver drowns

A truck driver passed away after becoming submerged.

Authorities recently investigated how a heavy vehicle operator passed away after entering a pond at an undisclosed mine.

“On September 12, 2023 a haul truck operator died after his haul truck backed through the berm at a dump point and became submerged,” the Mine Safety and Health Administration said in a safety alert.

They made the following recommendations:

  • dump material from a safe location and push the material over the edge with a bulldozer
  • construct substantial berms or similar impeding devices at dumping locations where there is a hazard of overtravel or overturning
  • conduct workplace and ground condition examinations before work begins
  • mark dump locations with reflectors, signage or other indicators
  • do not travel into or onto berms.

Click here to read the full safety alert.

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