Cat is now offering simulation software to train heavy equipment operators on how to conduct a pre-operation walkaround inspection. A simulated version of a machine is featured on-screen, and a random list of items is generated each time the module is entered. The user can pass the mouse over the inspection points and click on each to zoom in on the machine to identify any faults, or click on a component name in the list of items to zoom in on the inspection point. The user must correctly identify the inspection points as good or faulty. The exercise ends with a detailed report showing the user’s results after the entire machine has been inspected. Walkarounds are available for small wheel loaders, track-type tractors, and wheel tractor scrapers.
NIOSH has a new publication underscoring the importance of lock-out/tag-out procedures. The Workplace Solutions publication, Using Lockout and Tagout Procedures to Prevent Injury and Death during Machine Maintenance, offers a list of steps employers and workers should take to ensure that maintenance on machinery is safe.
Vivid Learning Systems
Vivid Learning Systems is now offering online MSHA training to contractors, as well as producers. The training is mapped to MSHA Regulations (30 CFR Parts 46 and 48) and includes Part 46 New Miner, Part 46 Refresher, and Part 48 Refresher (surface only).
The new Silver Series of Web-based equipment operator training programs from Vista Training provides aggregates operations with easy access to task-focused training on many types of heavy equipment. The programs, which average one hour in length, focus on how to productively and safely perform common tasks. The first four programs in the series include basic operation and safety for wheel loaders, haul trucks, hydraulic excavators, and motor graders.
Martin Engineering’s new online Foundations Training program, Operations & Maintenance Seminar, takes an in-depth look at methods to improve the safety, performance, and payback of belt conveyors by controlling fugitive material and improving system efficiency. Topics include material handling basics, conveyor safety, belt alignment, belt cleaning, transfer point improvement, belts and splices, leading edge technologies, and dust management. The online course is composed of nine one- to two-hour modules with internet-based quizzes. A certificate is awarded upon completion.
Guarding and safety equipment for machinery can help operations avoid costly accidents and injuries.
A new line of conveyor safety equipment from ASGCO is designed to meet Occupational Safety and Health Administration and MSHA guarding requirements. The new line includes the Return Roll Changer that supplies pinch-point protection; Safe-Guard Belt Clamps that apply even tension across the entire width of the belt conveyor; the Safe-Guard Return Idler Guard designed to prevent injuries from pinch points and catch the return idler if it should fall; the V-Return Idler (right) that protects workers and equipment from falling idlers; the Return Idler Cage designed to catch the return idler if it should fall; and the Flat Return Conveyor Guard that mounts on the conveyor to guard against moving equipment.