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Department of Labor - MSHA
Remote Control
Continuous Mining Machine
Safety Alert


Continuous Miner Hazard Alert

Best Practices
  • Conduct training and assure that remote control units have safeguards against accidental tram activation.

  • Ensure emergency stop and operational controls are functional before mining or tramming machine.

  • De-energize electrical power to machine before servicing or setting bits. De-energize pump motor when making methane checks, extending ventilation devices, or positioning trailing cables.

  • Use remote control units equipped with the design safeguards recommended in MSHA Program Information Bulletin No. P03-03, "Recommended Design Safeguards for Permissible Remote Controlled Mining Machines.

DOL - Mine Safety and Health Administration