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Heavy earthmoving equipment

Safety Alert
23 August 2019

On 20 August 2019 SafeWork SA received notification of an incident in which a loaded articulated dump truck overturned while travelling down a ramp at a quarry.

Image of articulated dump truck overturned
Articulated dump truck overturned

We remind all mine operators to develop and implement safe systems of work for the use of heavy earthmoving equipment – including in adverse weather conditions – to minimise the risk of unplanned loss of control.

We advise mine operators and persons conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) to ensure:

  • workers are provided with appropriate information, instructions and training

  • workers are deemed competent to undertake the task and records of such assessments are maintained

  • operators are driving to road conditions

  • trucks are maintained in accordance with OEM specifications

  • adequate edge protection is maintained

  • principal mining hazard management plans and their risk assessments are reviewed to ensure adequacy of risk control measures following an incident.

Refer to: Code of Practice – Managing the Risks of Plant in the Workplace

For further information or assistance please contact SWSAmining [at] (SafeWork SA's mining team).

REF: Mines safety alert 002 | Version 2