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MSHA Surface Mining Materials Handling Safety

Online Training Certification Course

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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.

This course is for:
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.

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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.

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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.


IT IS YOUR COMPANYS RESPONSIBILITY to Record and certify that each miner has received training required under this part on MSHA Form 5000-23, or on a form that contains the information listed in paragraph (b) of 30 CFR § 46.9.

If you are a mine owner or supervisor and unsure how to write a training plan, we can help with our Part 46 Surface Mining Training Plan course, the only one like it in the mining training industry.

What You'll Learn

    Introduction to Materials Handling Safety for Mining
  • Materials Handling Definitions
  • Classification of Hazards
  • Manual Handling of Materials
  • Hazards of Manual Materials Handling
    Safe Practices for Manual Handling of Materials
  • Housekeeping
  • Loading, Transporting, and Unloading
  • Moving Trailing Cables
  • Stacking and Storage of Bags and Bundles
  • Stacking and Storage of Barrels, Drums, and Kegs
  • Stacking and Storage of Brick and Stone
  • Stacking and Storage of Lumber
  • Manual Handling of Materials-Injury Prevention
    Factors Associated with Back Disorders
    Injury Prevention
  • Safe Lifting Practices
  • Lifting Lightweight Items
  • Tripod Lift
  • Driving
  • Reaching
  • Sitting
  • Standing
  • Shoveling
  • Sleeping
  • Using a Push Broom
  • Stretching and Exercise
  • Personal Protective Equipment
    Mechanical Handling of Materials
  • Cranes
  • Forklifts
  • Platform Lift Trucks
  • Motorized Hand Trucks
  • Hoists (general)
  • Electrical Hoists
  • Air Hoists
  • Hand Operated Hoists
  • Jacks
  • Railroad Cars
  • Slings
  • Powered Industrial Trucks
  • Powered Trucks for Special Atmospheres
    Safety Precautions (General)
  • Operations and Maintenance
  • Visibility
  • Clearances
  • Surface Conditions
  • Pedestrians
  • Training and Evaluation
    Additional Resources

It will take a MINIMUM of 2 hours to complete this online course. The student may log on and off as needed. A bookmark will be set so when they log back in they will return to where they left off.

We have no restrictions on how long a person takes to complete a course. Likewise, if you are purchasing for others, we have no time limit on assigning courses. So you can purchase a larger quantity than you currently need and take advantage of volume discounts.

Miners must receive a minimum of 8 hours of annual refresher training. It must address health and safety subjects that are relevant to mining operations, as well as instructions on changes at the mine that could impact the miner's health or safety. Online training makes it easy to track and monitor annual refresher training, ensuring miners are following MSHA Part 46 regulations.

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).

Each student will receive 0.2 CEUs (or 2 CMEs) from Compliance Training Online® for completing this course.



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