Truck driver escapes injury

A MINER narrowly escaped serious injury when his dump truck rolled onto its roof at a Queensland quarry in early January.

A MINER narrowly escaped serious injury when his dump truck rolled onto its roof at a Queensland quarry in early January.

The dump truck was transporting rock down a haul road when the operator lost control due to brake failure.

The retarder and service brake failed to slow the truck.

The driver applied the secondary brakes before driving the truck onto an emergency escape ramp but the right wheels veered off the ramp and caused the truck to topple.

According to the Department of Mines and Energy (DME) safety report, the driver selected fourth gear to travel down the road.

In light of the incident, the DME report made a number of recommendations highlighting driver safety, chief inspector of mines Roger Billingham signed the report.

Jay Maharagé

Inspector of Mines

Queensland DME

jay.maharage@dme.qld.gov.au

www.dme.qld.gov.au

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