TALKING POINTS TO PREVENT ACCIDENTS RELATING
Year after year since mobile equipment
has been in use, miners have been crushed, run over,
pinned by, or struck by, moving equipment. These
prevented. One way is by getting miners into the habit
of thinking through and applying these:
yourself in an area or location where equipment
operators cannot readily see you.
Pay attention to your
surroundings and know the route of travel of
shuttlecars,ramcars and scoops.
clothing to ensure high visibility when necessary to
walk or work
near moving equipment.
Exercise caution and
signal your presence to mobile equipment operators.
assume an equipment operator can see
you or will stop for you.
mobile equipment, always ensure that other miners are
not in the area of your intended travel.
Sound warnings when
starting and tramming equipment, and when the operator's
visibility is obstructed, such as when
making tight turns, reversing direction, or approaching
Shuttlecar, ramcar and
scoop operators should always keep their hands, arms and
legs inside the vehicle at all times.
Ensure that mining
machine operators are in a safe location while tramming
continuous mining machine from one
location to another, or in the entry during cutting and
loading. Follow the
Ensure everyone is
outside the machine’s turning radius before starting or
moving mobile equipment.
Ensure that equipment
decks are cleaned of accumulations of coal, mud and
extraneous materials and mechanical
components are greased and lubricated as necessary.
visibility by overloading equipment, especially in lower
Install and maintain
electronic proximity detection devices.
curtains wherever possible to enhance visibility.
Install cameras on the
loading end of shuttlecars and ramcars, especially in
lower coal seams.
flashing strobe lights attached to hat or clothing. The
face to the rear of the miner. This
provides a means to be seen by others when the
miner has their backs to equipment
Train all production
crews and management in the programs, policies, and
procedures and ensure that they are
programs, policies, and procedures for starting and tramming
equipment such as sounding an alarm or
blowing a whistle.