Injury reduction focus of training aid

AS THE majority of US coal miners approach retirement age, mine operators are finding themselves having to train thousands of new staff who are often lacking the experience and expertise of their senior counterparts.

Donna Schmidt

These labour shortage concerns are compounded by safety issues, with statistics showing inexperienced miners incur the highest number of injuries, the majority of which come as a result of roof bolting activities.

To address this the US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has released a new training guide for walk-thru roof bolters.

The NIOSH guide is designed to help safety trainers develop structured training for new operators of walk-thru bolting machines and help trainees learn the technology and build their skill levels.

It comes as a six-part DVD series, a skills check survey, discussion points and a complete job training analysis that can be modified to suit individual mine conditions, machinery and work procedures.