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Mineral Mines & Quarries Inspectorate | Alert | No.427 V | 23 May 2023

Fingertip severed when caught in a motorised hood tarp system

What happened?

A truck driver at a quarry was attempting to release a jammed tray tarp wire by hand when the tarp pulley operated unexpectedly, trapping and amputating the tip of his left index finger.

How did it happen?

On the day of the incident, the driver activated the tarp switch and saw that the dog trailer's tarp wouldn’t move as the mechanism was jammed. The driver exited the cab, stood on the draw bar between the truck and dog trailer and attempted to free the tarp wire by pulling on it. While doing so, the tarp released, and the wire moved as the motor was energised. The driver’s index finger was caught in the tarp pulley system, and his fingertip was amputated.

Key issues


Note: The critical control isolation must be implemented irrespective of other controls being considered.

All site senior executives should ensure that truck drivers’ site inductions include the following:

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 Hermann Fasching - Chief Inspector – Mineral Mines & Quarries

Contact: Asok Sur, Inspector of Mines , +61 428 638 287

Issued by Resources Safety & Health Queensland

Safety: This information is issued to promote safety through experience. It is not to be taken as a statement of law and must not be construed to waive or modify any legal obligation.
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All information on this page (Fingertip severed when caught in a motorised hood tarp system - is correct as of time of printing (31 May 2023 7:54 pm).