Heavy Equipment – Pre-Use Inspection
Heavy Equipment – Pre-Use Inspection

Heavy Equipment – Pre-Use Inspection

Areas of Study: Mining | Health and Safety

This course focuses on recommended best practices and fundamental knowledge common to all equipment pre use inspections or pre-start inspections (a.k.a. circle checks). The course covers why inspections are important, key components common to most heavy equipment, and related topics. A great prerequisite to any other equipment-related course. 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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This course includes online delivery for one person and a VISTA Training Certificate of Completion after requirements are met. It is viewable for up to 60 days.

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

Course Summary


The purpose of this course is to teach trainees a practical process to perform a pre-use inspection. This in turn, can be applied to all seven of the machine types presented in the VISTA Heavy Equipment - Introduction and Safety training course. This course covers why it's important to perform a pre-use inspection, the key components common to most heavy equipment and the types of checks required on each one. The course is usually a prerequisite to most other equipment courses.

Course Topics

This training course is designed to give your trainees a solid foundation for inspecting heavy equipment. Once they have that foundation, the worksite can structure inspections that are specific to the machines in its equipment fleet and its work procedures. Key topics covered in this course include:

  • Claiming the machine
  • How to perform a thorough and consistent inspection
  • Engine system inspection
  • Special safety considerations when inspecting hydraulic and mechanical components

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify and recognize inspection techniques for key equipment types used in mine operations.
  • Recognize core safety principals related to claiming the machine and performing pre start inspections.

Recommended Background

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

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.