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The causes and control of loader- and truck-related fatalities in surface mining operations

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At surface mining operations throughout the world, loaders and trucks are a primary means of material loading and haulage. As the size, use and technological complexity of these units have increased, so has the concern regarding loader and truck safety. The severity and number of accidents involving loaders and trucks is higher when compared to all other mining accident types. In this paper, an analysis of loader and truck-related fatalities over the last 8 years is performed, the fatality categories and causes of accidents are established and control strategies are discussed and evaluated in an effort to increase hazard awareness by emphasizing safe loading, hauling and maintenance practices, as well as the value of traditional and innovative miner training programmes.

Keywords: Trucks; causes and control; fatalities; loaders; mining; safe practices; training programmes

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/156609704/233/289779

Affiliations: College of Earth and Mineral Sciences Pennsylvania State University, 154 Hosler Building, University Park PA USA

Publication date: December 1, 2004

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