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MSHA Underground Mining Powered Haulage Safety

Online Training Certification Course

Part 48

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Accidents involving a mining haulage system are a leading cause of mine worker fatalities. Underground powered haulage presents the potentially deadly combination of heavy machinery and confined spaces. Mining haulage safety training addresses the hazards working with or around powered haulage.

This online training course covers mining vehicle safety for underground mines. It outlines the best practices for ensuring that miners adhere to MSHA Part 48 haulage rules and regulations.

This course is for:
This underground mine haulage training is geared toward operators, supervisors, safety personnel, and all other individuals who work with or around powered haulage at underground mines.

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Case Study: On February 19, 2013, a 44-year-old shuttle car operator with four years of experience was killed when he was pinned underneath the battery end of a section scoop. The victim was shoveling along the ribs of the crosscut when a battery-powered scoop backed into the crosscut, striking and fatally injuring him.

Key Takeaways: Effective communication is essential when moving or working around powered haulage underground. Never assume that the equipment operator can see you.

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Governing Regulations

MSHA is responsible for ensuring that miners are aware of the protocol and procedures concerning the operation of underground mine haulage. The MSHA Part 48 regulations cover all underground mines, including surface areas of underground mines. The material covered in this safety training is derived from 30 CFR Part 57 and 30 CFR Part 75.


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 48 Underground Mining Training Plan course, the only one like it in the mining training industry.

What You'll Learn

    Types of Underground Powered Haulage
  • Shaft Conveyances
  • Hoist Operator Requirements
  • Trolleys
  • Air Courses and Trolley Haulageways
  • Mine Tracks
  • Track Haulage Safety
  • Shuttle Cars and Scoop Operators
  • Belt Conveyors
  • Lift Trucks
  • Additional Rules and Regulations for Underground Haulageways
    Underground Powered Haulage Best Practices
  • Travelway Inspection and Maintenance
  • Traffic Safety
  • Mechanical Guarding
  • Illumination Requirements
  • Equipment Inspection, Maintenance, and Repair Overview
  • Brake Safety
  • Brake Testing and Maintenance
  • Operator's Station Safety
  • Tire Repair
  • General Maintenance and Repairs
  • Hoisting Safety
    Diesel-Powered and Electrically-Powered Machines Overview
  • Electrically-Powered Machines
  • Diesel-Powered Machines
  • Engine and Emission Requirements
    Fire, Explosive, and Personal Safety
  • Fire Safety
  • Explosive Safety
  • Personal Safety
  • Continuous Mining Machines
    Additional Underground Powered Haulage Regulations
  • Fuel Protocol
  • Diesel Fuel Stored Underground
    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.

In addition to initial new and experienced miner training, workers must complete annual refresher training. Annual experienced miner training includes topics that are relevant to health and safety hazards of underground mining.

  1. Each miner shall receive a minimum of 8 hours of annual refresher training as prescribed in this section.
  2. The annual refresher training program for all miners shall include the following courses of instruction:
    1. Mandatory health and safety standards. The course shall include mandatory health and safety standard requirements which are related to the miner's tasks.
    2. Transportation controls and communication systems. The course shall include instruction on the procedures for riding on and in mine conveyances; the controls in effect for the transportation of miners and materials; and the use of the mine communication systems, warning signals, and directional signs.
    3. Barricading. The course shall include a review of the methods of barricading and locations of barricading materials, where applicable.
    4. Roof or ground control, ventilation, emergency evacuation and firefighting plans. The course shall include a review of roof or ground control plans in effect at the mine and the procedures for maintaining and controlling ventilation. In addition, for underground coal mines, except for miners who receive this training under 30 CFR 75.1504, the course shall include a review of the emergency evacuation and firefighting program of instruction in effect at the mine.
    5. First aid. The course shall include a review of first aid methods acceptable to MSHA.
    6. Electrical hazards. The course shall include recognition and avoidance of electrical hazards.
    7. Prevention of accidents. The course shall include a review of accidents and causes of accidents, and instruction in accident prevention in the work environment.
    8. Self-rescue and respiratory devices. The course shall include instruction and demonstration in the use, care, and maintenance of self-rescue and respiratory devices used at the mine. In addition, except for miners who receive this training under 30 CFR 75.1504, the training for self-contained self-rescue (SCSR) devices shall include:
      1. Hands-on training in the complete donning of all types of self- contained self-rescue devices used at the mine, which includes assuming a donning position, opening the device, activating the device, inserting the mouthpiece, and putting on the nose clip; and
      2. Hands-on training in transferring between all applicable self- rescue devices.
    9. Explosives. The course shall include a review and instruction on the hazards related to explosives. The only exception to this course component is when there are no explosives used or stored on the mine property.
    10. Mine gases. The course shall include instruction in the detection and avoidance of hazards associated with mine gases.
    11. Health. The course shall include instruction on the purpose of taking dust, noise, and other health measurements and any health control plan in effect at the mine shall be explained. The health provisions of the Act and warning labels shall also be explained.
    12. Such other courses as may be required by the District Manager based on circumstances and conditions at the mine.
  3. Refresher training may include other health and safety subjects that are relevant to mining operations at the mine. Recommended subjects include, but are not limited to, 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.
  4. Where annual refresher training is conducted periodically, such sessions shall not be less than 30 minutes of actual instruction time and the miners shall be notified that the session is part of annual refresher training.

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