Communication breakdown leads to unwanted impact

A LACK of communication between operators of a dump truck and a wheel loader led to contact between the two vehicles that could have created a serious incident at a New Zealand open cut mine.

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There were no radio communications between the dump truck and the loader prior to or during the incident.

The dump truck was reversing to tip its load over a tip head, while a wheel loader was side-cutting material along the same face to create a windrow.