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

Turning a Remote Control Continuous Miner

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Mine Type: Underground Coal and Non-Metal
Category: Section Face Equipment


Turning a
Remote Control Continuous Miner

When operating the miner from behind (at the conveyor boom end of the miner facing the cutter head): The LEFT TRAM FORWARD control will turn the cutter head toward the cable side of the machine and the boom toward the off side of the machine.

- When operating the miner from the front (at the cutter head end of the miner facing the boom): The LEFT TRAM FORWARD control will ALSO turn the cutter head toward the cable side of the machine and the boom toward the off side of the machine.

- ALWAYS expect the remote control to move the crawlers (CATS) in the same direction regardless of the direction you are facing.

- DO NOT become disoriented because your position changes. The operation of the remote control does not change if you are at the rear, facing forward or in the front, backing out.

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Issued: 03/23/2005
Tag # AP2005-M91006