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DOL/MSHA News Release 02-190
Mine Safety and Health Administration
Contact: Amy Louviere
Phone: (703) 235-1452

Released Tuesday, April 2, 2002

Surface Haulage Safety Training Program Arrives in DVD Format

ARLINGTON, Va. - The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has announced the release of its first interactive multimedia-training program. "Haul Road and Dump Site Berms" is a state-of-the-art DVD, or digital versatile disc, developed by MSHA to assist miners and mine operators in their safety training.

"The DVD program is just the first of hopefully many vehicles to help us meet the challenge of training miners well into the future," said Dave Lauriski, assistant secretary of labor for mine safety and health. "Students can navigate through its segments as a class or in a self-paced mode. Its flexibility and interactive features help reinforce a positive and effective learning environment."

The DVD addresses specific hazards and preventive measures associated with surface haul road and dump site accidents and fatalities. Videos, still photos and discussion topics identify critical surface haulage safety information. Also included are best practices and safety tips, federal standards and policies, and a 10-question multiple-choice quiz to evaluate the program's effectiveness with each user. Students accessing the DVD on a computer with an Internet connection can link directly to MSHA's web site at www.msha.gov for supplemental information.

Between 1996 and 2000, surface haulage accidents accounted for more than one-quarter of all mine fatalities and nearly 40 percent of surface mine fatalities. Haulage trucks were involved in more than 35 percent of the accidents, and most deaths were linked to failure to maintain machinery in safe working order.

To order the "Haul Road and Dump Site Berms" DVD program or to request a catalog of other MSHA-approved training materials, contact the National Mine Health and Safety Academy at (304) 256-3257, or e-mail Mary Lord.