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Haul Truck Front Left Suspension Cylinder Sheer – Mar 28, 2017
At approximately 2:30 AM this morning, the Haul Truck operator of 84 truck was pulling into the highwall side pocket at #5 crusher when the truck dropped down on the front left side. The driver was nearly at a complete stop to back up when the trucked dropped, alarms sounded in the cab, so the operator shut down the truck and called control.
The operator then got out to investigate, finding that the front left suspension cylinder had completely sheared off, which in turn made the tire end up partially under the haul truck. The operator was taken to first aid as a precaution, but was uninjured.
The scene was secured and frozen until this morning, when the OHCES committee members could inspect the scene and release it. There is currently a plan being developed to safely recover the truck.
This incident was designated as a DO (Dangerous Occurrence), which we are glad to see, as the potential for what could have happened at speed could have been devastating.
The front left cylinder is over 12 inches wide, with a 4 inch steel wall. The OSHEC will fully inspect and investigate how and why the cylinder failed, prior to sitting the DO investigation.
It’s good to hear that everything was done correctly in this case, as on the 19th, a grader tire sheered off while going down a ramp, and that scene was not secured nor any safety rep was called out. The foreman seemed to think that this was relatively normal, and stated that he had to get it out of the way. The Mines Code and the CBA speak directly to incident and accident investigations, for if incidents do not get investigated, we do not get a chance to figure out what went wrong, and how to ensure they never happen again.
We have had a pretty busy month with back injury’s again, with several being reported to first aid in the last two weeks, and we are starting an investigation on why they are not being investigated. 3 out of the 4 that we looked into had no investigation, and we would like to remind you that by not reporting injury’s and incidents, we will not be able to force the Company to repair the roads to an acceptable level. There seems to be an attitude that they are not happening, and an acceptance to allow employees to get injured, then just find more to replace them. (Casuals anyone?)
As always, you have the right to refuse unsafe work. It’s a law that was put in place after the Westray disaster in 1992, when 26 miners were killed in an explosion. 11 of their bodies were never recovered. The Steelworkers have fought for over 25 years to put laws in place to hold Companies accountable to their decisions to put employees in harms way, and every year, employees perish at their work places. The numbers are staggering, and we continue to get lucky. Any one of these incidents could lead to a major injury, and with the new push for more speed and more weight, everything compounds. You have a right to refuse those speeds, weights, bad road conditions, and poor decisions, as you have a responsibility to go home to your families every day.
Any questions, please contact your safety rep, area rep or the Union Co-Chair for the OSHEC Committee