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MSHA Surface Mining Traffic Safety

Online Training Certification Course

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Surface mines rank among the most dangerous workplaces in North America. Surface mine traffic is a leading cause of injury. This online training course teaches employees how to avoid accidents when operating around heavy equipment and other vehicles that are commonly found at surface mines.

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This online certification is intended for all employers and employees who manage mining traffic or operate nearby.

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Case Study: At a limestone surface mine in Pennsylvania, a runaway truck accident claimed the life of a 49-year-old truck driver and injured a passenger. The accident occurred when the loaded truck's brakes failed and the driver's attempt to shift to a lower gear caused the vehicle to gain speed. Ultimately, the runaway truck veered to the opposite side of the road and crashed into an embankment, bringing it to a stop.

Key Takeaways: Steep grades are especially dangerous for heavy vehicles. Signage was present to warn vehicle operators of the grade, but it was placed 700 feet down the hill from the crest of the grade. The sign did not indicate that a lower gear would be required. With proper, well-located signage, this fatality may have been prevented.

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Governing Regulations

The material covered in this training is derived from Title 30 of the Code of Federal Regulations Part 56. Part 56 covers a range of safety and health standards related to surface mines.


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 the MSHA Surface Mining Traffic Patterns & Controls
  • Traffic Hazards in Surface Mines
  • Traffic Patterns and Control
  • Safety Responsibilities
  • Terms to Know
  • Authority
    Mine Site Traffic Safety
  • The Site Design Plan
  • Road System Layout
  • Traffic Patterns
  • Pedestrian Safety
  • Pedestrian Safety Best Practices
    Haul Road Safety
  • Haul Road Width
  • Sight Distance
  • Sight Distance-In Bad Weather or After Dark
  • Sight Distance-At Intersections
  • Sight Distance-For Passing
  • Stopping Distance
  • Following Distance
  • Berms
  • Construction and Maintenance of Berms
  • Grades
  • Ensuring Safe Grades
  • Runaway Truck Measures
    Dump Site Safety
  • Dumping Site Restraints
    Controlling the Movement of Traffic
  • Speed Limits
  • Speed Limits-Best Practices on Haul Roads
  • Signage
  • Reporting Unsafe Signage
  • Typical Signs in Surface Mines
  • Custom Signage
  • Warnings, Signals, and Alarms
    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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