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Best Practices - Developed by the Surface Haulage Safety Task Force
in Cooperation with MSHA


Haulage Safety Task Force Training Checklist

The Best Practices for the Training of Truck Drivers is not a complete training program. However, if followed, you can help maintain a safe working environment for yourself and your coworker. It will provide you, the truck driver, with useful information on how to safely operate the truck. The following list of best practices gives you, the driver, a starting kit of the best tools some of the safest mining companies in the U.S. can put together to help keep you safe. Remember, there are possible differences that can prevent you from using some of the best practices listed here at your mine.

Training is an opportunity to tranform a work force into a safe, costeffective, efficient, and productive team. It is up to you to provide the opportunity to make it happen and turn mining into the safest industry possible for the miner.

Training should always be done before the driver starts production work at the mine. If possible, new drivers should be tested on their knowledge after the initial handson training, then rechecked periodically.

At intervals, drivers should be observed to ensure that they have not developed any bad habits and to reinforce the training. Separate lines conduct subsequent training as needed.

General Safety

Personal Safety Equipment Seat Belts Pre-Operation Inspection (Where applicable, all of the items below should be checked on every preoperation inspection.) The machine should be in a safe location before conducting the preoperation inspection. Know The Controls (Location And Operation) All Brakes, Signals, Accessories, Instrumentation And Warning Devices Proper StartUp And ShutDown Procedures Truck Operation

Truck Operation Working Procedures

Operator's Responsibilities Speed Control Spotting At Loading Equipment Spotting At Dump Locations Operating On Grades Right-Of-Way Procedures Reduction Of Component Damage Machine Systems

Know the difference between proper operation and possible malfunction. Operators should know about the truck's Housekeeping These truck training guidelines have been developed to assist in building a knowledge and awareness of safe haul truck operation. They were designed to give the basic "How-To" operation parameters and are not a complete training program.

Note: It is important that every truck operator read the truck operator's manual and use good common sense when operating any piece of equipment. Always report any changes, such as unusual sounds and operating responses, in your equipment (Anything your senses can pick up).

U.S. Department of Labor
Mine Safety and Health Administration