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Mines safety alert no. 358 | 29 August 2018 | Version 1

Fatality involving an articulated dump truck

What happened?

On Sunday 29 July the operator of an articulated dump truck was working at a quarry with his last load of the day. Moving fully loaded down the access ramp, it appears he lost control of the vehicle. At the bottom of the ramp the vehicle overturned (see photo), partially pinning the operator under the cab. He later succumbed to his injuries.

How did it happen?

The incident is still under investigation.


  • Site senior executives must ensure machines are operated with reference to original equipment manufacturer (OEM) specifications.
  • Site safety and health management systems must include safety requirements as stipulated by the OEM with respect to the use and maintenance of safety critical items.
  • Site senior executives must ensure that all equipment on site is suitably maintained and serviced in accordance with OEM requirements and site specific hazards. Service and operational manuals for equipment must be available on site.
  • Site senior executives must ensure all workers are competent to perform tasks on site and are competent on the particular equipment being operated. A record of the training must be maintained to show that workers possess the relevant competencies.

For further information on truck rollovers see Safety bulletin no.170 www.dnrme.qld.gov.au/business/mining/safety-and-health/alerts-and-bulletins/mines-safety/articulated-truck-rollovers-update and Safety alert no. 356: www.dnrme.qld.gov.au/business/mining/safety-and-health/alerts-and-bulletins/mines-safety/vehicle-roll-overs

Investigations are ongoing and further information may be published as it becomes available. The information in this publication is what is known at the time of writing.

We issue Safety Notices to draw attention to the occurrence of a serious incident, raise awareness of risks, and prompt assessment of your existing controls.

Authorised by Luca Rocchi - Chief Inspector of Mines

Contact: Noel Towers, Inspector of Mines , +61 7 4999 8507

Issued by Queensland Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy

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