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Significant hazards exist at surface mines. Mining safety and emergency procedures ensure that when an emergency occurs, everyone can get to safety quickly. This online training course presents an overview of mining safety procedures, including MSHA's requirements and protocol for emergency situations. It also details rescue operations, first aid, and safety training.
What are the governing regulations? MSHA is responsible for enforcing mining health and safety legislation. Applicable regulations are found in 30 CFR Part 46. Surface mining emergency training is based on topics contained within Part 46 emergency procedures. MSHA works in tandem with OSHA to develop comprehensive surface mining emergency procedures.
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? This mining emergency response training course is designed for all individuals who work at surface mines. Part 46 emergency training applies to safety personnel, operators, supervisors, and managers, and all other general workers at surface mines.
Case Study: A 28-year-old assistant plant manager with 11 years of mining experience was killed at a sand and gravel dredge operation on July 21, 2014. He was riding in an aluminum boat that became stuck on top of 480-volt energized power conductors in low water. The victim was electrocuted when he exited the boat and attempted to reposition the power conductors.
Key Takeaway: Always ensure conductors are properly insulated before working around them. De-energize power and ensure that the circuit is visibly open before working near energized conductors that may have damaged insulation.
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).