Caterpillar, Komatsu and other heavy mining equipment is involved in many accidents every year around the world. While developed countries, such as Australia, use workplace safety practices and follow occupational health and safety standards, other countries do not have as stringent legislation. As a result, more accidents and deaths occur in developing countries.
This video we found, is a slideshow of heavy mining accidents, shows just what types of mining disasters can happen. Prevention of the majority of these accidents would have been possible with better workplace safety on the mining site.
WHAT ARE THE MOST COMMON HEAVY MINING EQUIPMENT ACCIDENTS THAT OCCUR?
Heavy mining equipment is resilient and works well if it’s regularly maintained and checked for damage. Unfortunately, a lot of mining equipment is run into the ground and this results in accidents. Driver fatigue is also another reason why disasters occur, along with the inattentive operation of machinery.
In the video, the most common accidents are a result of heavy mining equipment carrying too much weight, poorly constructed walls and banks failing and collapsing, and poor equipment maintenance that results in fires. Other accidents are related to driver error, where the driver of the machinery falls asleep or is not paying attention. The aftermath is truck rollovers, collisions between site vehicles and trucks and the trays of trucks being damaged or ripped off altogether.