March 7, 2023 | Susan Napier-Sewell

What does a bad day look like — Your truck doesn’t stay where you parked it


“The NSW [New South Wales, Australia] Resources Regulator has published a truck incident that happened in an open cut mine.

“According to the report, a truck was on the workshop deadline for a defect repair. After parking the truck, the operator exited the machine, and then the truck rolled backward approximately 65 meters and collided with the pump at the wash bay.

“It has been identified that the parking brake of the truck had not been applied.

“The mine also identified that the park up hump standard had deteriorated from recent wet weather events and failed to prevent the truck from rolling away. 

“To respond the incident, the Regulator said: “where the ground is contoured to make vehicles fundamentally stable, mine operators must ensure the contours are to standard as per the procedure and are remediated if required.

“Parking brake safety interlocks should be checked as part of pre-operational inspections and should never be used as the primary means of applying the parking brake.”

Content and image credit/source: Australian Mine Safety Journal (AMSJ), Mining Safety News, Australasian Mining Safety Journal,Incident – Truck Rolled Away.”

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