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AUG 2019

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130 • ROCK products • August 2019 pickup truck without chocking his wheels at which point a communication intervention took place to get the wheels chocked. • A front-end loader operator noted a couple of blind spots interfering with his view from the cab (after operating the loader for almost one year). • Managers of five separate sites have designated a staging/ loading areas for pickup trucks, pickup trucks with trail- ers and other smaller vehicles in an effort to keep smaller vehicles away from operations, stockpile areas, and roads used by front end loaders, heavy haul trucks or other large equipment. •  A front-end loader operator noted a blind spot between two large stock piles that come into play when loading customer trucks. •  Several front-end loaders and haul truck operators said they are cleaning their lights, windows and mirrors more often. •  Contracted haul truck drivers were driving too fast on site, causing a potential hazard to customer trucks which, after being loaded, were exiting between two large stockpiles. The loader operator and scale person both discussed it with the supervisors who told his drivers to slow down. •  Stockpiles were identified as causing a blind spot for truck drivers. • At one location, trucks must back-up from the scale to get more materials because of "light loads" or to dump material in event of an overload. At this site they must back off the scale and turn around on a county road that is adjacent to the scale. This setup creates a hazard for both truck drivers and the motoring public. This observation and suggestion was provided by the person who runs the scale house, as recorded on her checklist. In response, company managers requested a meeting with the county and permission was granted to build another entrance into the quarry, which would allow trucks to leave the scale and turn into the quarry rather than the county road. • One supervisor started using the checklists as part of his team's daily safety discussion. • All sites/employees have been provided with hand signal Safety Aggregates Industry Almanac

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