Loader over-balance incident
A Volvo L250H loader was delivering a bucket full of sand to an aggregate blending stockpile. As the loader approached the mixing point the operator began to raise the bucket in preparation to unload the bucket. The center of gravity shifted too far forward, beyond the limits of the counterweights’ effectiveness and the loader slowly came to rest on its bucket and front wheels, the rear wheels being in the air. The body of the loader was slightly off center to the operator’s right when it experienced the overbalancing event. A bund was established behind the loader to avoid it tipping, and the operator was able to right the loader.
The operator had picked up the same volume of material as per previous loads, however heavy rain during morning tea break could have contributed to the heavier load.