This is a training course for all mine personnel involved in surface mining and quarrying.
The course is an overview of the major safety issues pertaining to surface mines and quarries. It is meant to introduce hazards rather than provide in-depth safety training on the many hazards present on a mine site. Because every operation is different, you may not encounter all of the situations presented. There may be others that are specific to your mine that are not included here. If so, you should be made aware of these through training and/or working with an experienced mentor. Your mine is required to provide the training and equipment necessary to keep you as safe as possible while working on the property. It is up to you to learn this information, and to use it.
The video clips used in this training are taken from the NIOSH video "Aggregate Training for the Safety Impaired: Safety Training for Everyone Else". Although the hazards associated with surface mining are presented in a humorous fashion, each of the safety issues presented should be given serious attention. You will watch two new hires, Ted and Slick, who do not take safety seriously, and who suffer the consequences. They learn some valuable lessons from older, wiser miners, on how to keep themselves safe on the job. Your safety is no laughing matter…this training should be used to keep you out of harm's way while you learn how to be a safe, productive worker.
While the mandates of the mining regulatory agencies are law in the US, they are also comprehensive enough to be considered best practice for mining in countries throughout the world.
The author is a Certified Mine Safety Professional as well as an MSHA Certified Instructor for both surface and underground. This course material was developed originally for the US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and is compliant with MSHA regulations.
This course is presented as four learning sessions, using video, text and image content, and an interactive review session of randomly-selected multiple-choice questions. Course duration is equivalent to approximately 4 hours of learning content.