Queensland Govt issues warning on 'runaway' mining trucks

THE number of "truck runaways" have forced the Queensland Government to release a warning to mine workers to pay more attention to their vehicles.

In the six months from April to September this year, four heavy rigid trucks took off on their own, three at a surface mine and one on the surface of an underground mine.

"Fortunately, there were no injuries but the potential consequence of an unplanned movement of a truck or a failure to stop a vehicle could have been a fatality or a serious injury," according to the safety alert.

The Department of Mines blamed the mistakes on poor driver training leading to trucks put into the wrong gear, poorly maintained brakes and "operator complacency".

It suggested more brake testing, better training and keeping track of brake maintenance.