Hydraulic Shovel – Basic Operation and Safety
Hydraulic Shovel – Basic Operation and Safety

Hydraulic Shovel – Basic Operation and Safety

Areas of Study: Mining | Health and Safety

Hydraulic shovels demand operators who hold themselves to a high personal standard: maximum productivity supported by a zero incident rate. By loading trucks safely and efficiently, the shovel operator helps the mine to maintain a high level of production around the clock. 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

Hydraulic shovels demand operators who hold themselves to a high personal standard: maximum productivity supported by a zero incident rate. By loading trucks safely and efficiently, the shovel operator helps the mine to maintain a high level of production around the clock.

Course Topics

  • Lesson 1 provides an overview of the primary components of the hydraulic shovel and what they do.
  • Lesson 2 covers workplace safety as it applies to a hydraulic shovel in a production setting, including engineered and administrative controls and personal protective equipment.
  • Lesson 3 discusses the importance of performing a pre-use inspection, lists the main components that need to be checked, the types of checks that need to be performed on them and helps trainees to recognize any unsafe conditions.
  • Lesson 4 helps trainees to identify the location and functions of the monitoring systems and controls of a typical hydraulic shovel, and the location of the emergency shutdown switches.
  • Lesson 5 covers the precautions and steps to follow when starting up or shutting down a typical hydraulic shovel, including the engine start-up sequence, how to warm up the hydraulic oil, precautions when parking the shovel for shutdown and the recommended cool down period before shutting down the machine's engines.
  • Lesson 6 covers truck loading methods, how to dig with maximum breakout force and precautions when working on slopes.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify and recognize hydraulic shovel features, functions and major components.
  • Identify key loading methods and productivity topics related to working with haul trucks.
  • Recognize the importance of pre-use inspection and safe start up and shut down.

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.