$210,000 in MSHA Fines for Wreck Caused by Brake Failure

It's not unusual to see dirty, poorly maintained watering and equipment trucks at some job sites. A West Virginia company may be paying a high price for such machinery, however, and an employee of the firm is now permanently disabled as a result, according to the Mine Safety and Health Administration. MSHA has proposed $165,000 in civil penalties against Bresee Trucking and $45,000 against Guest Mountain Mining Corp. from an accident on July 31, 2008, that left a contract truck driver permanently disabled. Both companies are based in Wise County, Va.

"Federal law states that every miner is required -- and entitled -- to receive the necessary training to perform his job safely and correctly," said Richard Stickler, acting assistant secretary of Labor for mine safety and health. "Due to inadequate training and faulty equipment, a miner has been seriously injured. The mine operator and contractor must be held accountable for their violation of the law."

MSHA said the driver, who was employed by Bresee, was watering a main haul road from a water truck. As he descended a steep grade, the driver missed a gear and accelerated downhill in neutral. "He was unable to slow the truck due to a brake system malfunction. The truck left the road, crossed a ditch and decelerated rapidly in drainage sumps, causing the water tank to detach from the truck frame and slide onto the cab," the agency said. "MSHA's accident investigators examined the brake system and discovered missing components and significant air leaks. Bresee Trucking was cited for failing to provide task training and hazard training to the driver, as well as failing to have adequate brakes equipped on its mobile equipment. The mine operator was cited for failure to provide hazard training."

So far this year, MSHA has issued $162 million in civil penalties with 170,000 citations.

Download Center

HTML - No Current Item Deck
  • Free Safety Management Software Demo

    IndustrySafe Safety Management Software helps organizations to improve safety by providing a comprehensive toolset of software modules to help businesses identify trouble spots; reduce claims, lost days, OSHA fines; and more.

  • Easy to Use Safety Incident App

    Record incidents on the go with IndustrySafe’s mobile app. Collect data for multiple types of incidents including including near misses, vehicle and environmental incidents, and employee and non-employee injuries; at job sites and remote locations—with or without web access.

  • Complete Online Safety Training Courses

    Deliver state-of-the art, online safety training courses to your organization with IndustrySafe Training Management Software. Generate reports to track training compliance and automatically notify learners of upcoming or overdue classes.

  • Conduct EHS Inspections and Audits

    Record and manage your organization’s inspection data with IndustrySafe’s Inspections module. IndustrySafe’s pre-built forms and checklists may be used as is, or can be customized to better suit the needs of your organization.

  • Track Key Safety Performance Indicators

    IndustrySafe’s Dashboard Module allows organizations to easily track safety KPIs and metrics. Gain increased visibility into your business’ operations and safety data.

  • Industry Safe
comments powered by Disqus