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Mining materials handling is performed by many types of workers in the mining industry. Whether those individuals work at a surface mine, mill, or plant, manual handling of materials is a leading cause of workplace injury. This safety training course emphasizes hazard identification and safe work practices for mining material handling. It will address both manual and mechanical handling and material storage, with a focus on forklifts and material disposal.
What are the governing regulations? This online certification course is developed from MSHA material handling training standards, as well as information from the National Mine Health and Safety Academy. The material covered in this training is developed from 30 CFR Part 56. Part 56 covers a range of safety and health standards related to surface mines, including mining material handling training.
To be MSHA compliant your company must have a training plan that is approved by MSHA and administered by a competent person. Your company can use this or any of our courses as part of that plan.
Who must take this training? Anyone responsible for materials handling is subject to a variety of injuries. This material handling certification course is designed for individuals who face hazards and risks at surface mines, including operators, supervisors, and safety personnel.
Case Study: A worker was standing on top of a flatbed trailer, guiding a forklift operator loading wooden beams. When the forklift began tipping its load onto the trailer, one of the forks hit the beams that were already loaded onto the trailer. The impact caused the forklift to bounce and swing rapidly toward the worker. The worker was struck in the head by the load and then fell from the trailer as the load fell onto him. The worker died from head injuries. He was not wearing a hard hat.
You must provide each miner with no less than 8 hours of annual refresher training:
No later than 12 months after the miner begins work at the mine, or no later than March 30, 2001, whichever is later; and
Thereafter, no later than 12 months after the previous annual refresher training was completed.
The refresher training must include instruction on changes at the mine that could adversely affect the miner's health or safety.
Refresher training must also address other health and safety subjects that are relevant to mining operations at the mine. Recommended subjects include, but are not limited to: applicable health and safety requirements, including mandatory health and safety standards; information about the physical and health hazards of chemicals in the miner's work area, the protective measures a miner can take against these hazards, and the contents of the mine's HazCom program; transportation controls and communication systems; escape and emergency evacuation plans, firewarning and firefighting; ground conditions and control; traffic patterns and control; working in areas of highwalls; water hazards, pits, and spoil banks; illumination and night work; first aid; electrical hazards; prevention of accidents; health; explosives; and respiratory devices. Training is also recommended on the hazards associated with the equipment that has accounted for the most fatalities and serious injuries at the mines covered by this rule, including: mobile equipment (haulage and service trucks, front-end loaders and tractors); conveyor systems; cranes; crushers; excavators; and dredges. Other recommended subjects include: maintenance and repair (use of hand tools and welding equipment); material handling; fall prevention and protection; and working around moving objects (machine guarding).