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Mine Safety and Health Administration MSHA's Accident Prevention Program
Miner's Tip

Task Training

Safety Something YOU can live with!
Mine Type: All Mines
Category: Training


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In my mind, Grandma's apple butter was the best ever made. Whenever I asked her how she made it come out perfectly every time, she always answered, "I had to make it not so perfect until I learned better." The safe operation of mining equipment is pretty close to that. You can't operate the equipment safely or efficiently until you 'learn better'. Proper task training on large surface mining equipment must be more than a five or ten minute run through of what control does what. The more complicated the machinery, the more task training is required. Regardless of how long you have worked in the mines, if you are assigned to run a piece of equipment that is new or unfamiliar, get proper task training. Your safety and the safety of your co-workers depend on it.

Reissued: 04/30/2002
Tag # AP2002-M015


MSHA extends a thank you and a tip of the hardhat to
Kerry Robinson of Henderson, Texas,
a winner of a limited edition sticker and patch.

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