Articulated Haul Truck – Basic Operation and Safety
Articulated Haul Truck – Basic Operation and Safety

Articulated Haul Truck – Basic Operation and Safety

Areas of Study: Mining | Health and Safety

Learn how to be safe and productive with one of the true, all-weather workhorses of mining and heavy construction: the articulated haul truck. Start out right with a solid understanding of the components, design and capabilities of the equipment. Edumine and VISTA Training are collaborating on the delivery of online courses for mobile and heavy equipment operation, and safety training in mining.

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  • Audience Level:
  • Technical | New to Mining
  • Enrollment:
  • Not Applicable
  • Course Fee:
  • Not Available
  • Duration:
  • 2 hours

Course Summary

Introduction

In this course, trainees learn how to be safe and productive with one of the true, all-weather workhorses of mining and heavy construction: the articulated haul truck. When conditions are adverse or when you've got a worksite with close quarters requiring tight turns, or you need a hauler that can go where others can't, it's tough to beat the articulated haul truck.

Course Topics

  • Lesson 1 covers the basic components of a typical six-wheel-drive articulated dump truck (ADT), including its powertrain, braking systems, transmission and areas of limited visibility.
  • Lesson 2 explains how to claim the machine and do a walk-around inspection of a typical ADT.
  • Lesson 3 focuses on loading methods, and covers topics such as factors to keep in mind as operators approach the loading area, truck positioning, loading from a bench, spotting methods for over-the-rail and through-the-tail loading, drive-by loading and loading from a wheel loader.
  • Lesson 4 explores the most important situations operators are likely to face on the haul road, how to minimize tire damage and extend tire life, how to travel down a grade with a fully-loaded truck.
  • Lesson 5 is all about unloading the truck, including how to approach the dump area, basics of dumping the load, dumping with and without a spotter, roll-over accidents, dumping on an incline and how to spread a load when dumping.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify and recognize articulated haul truck features, functions and major components.
  • Identify key safety topics related to this truck and working around other equipment.
  • Identify the steps for safe, efficient and productive loading, operating and dumping.

Recommended Background

  • Although we recommend that you take the following prerequisite courses, this course is suitable for anyone with an interest in equipment operation and safety.
  • Recommended prerequisite courses: Heavy Equipment – Introduction and Safety, and Heavy Equipment – Pre-Use Inspection.

VISTA Training

The Silver Series™ of web-based equipment operator training courses was created by VISTA Training of Wisconsin, USA. Each course in the Silver Series™ provides convenient on-demand online access to training on many types of heavy and light equipment. These courses are designed to help trainees become proficient and safe equipment operators, and make it easy for mines, contractors and fleet owners to schedule training when and where it's most convenient for them. They're also ideal for smaller entities that may only need to train a handful of new people per year (e.g. OSHA- or OHSA- or MSHA-related training). Many also use these courses as refresher training for their "experienced" operators. This helps create consistency among the entire team.

These self-study courses focus on how to productively and safely perform common tasks in a mine or around a jobsite. At the end of each course, an integrated test provides an accurate measure of how much knowledge has been retained. Trainees are also able to print a certificate of completion, customized with their name and test score as well as a report showing any incorrectly answered test questions.