MSHA 46 Training: Electrical Safety


The Electrical Safety Course explains how electricity works and the serious hazards it presents, equipping miners with the tools and knowledge they need to protect themselves from harm.


MSHA 46 Training: Electrical Safety in the Mining Industry
Duration: 30 minutes of content, approximately 45 minutes to complete.
Audience: Surface Mining Industry
Overview: This lesson provides an overview of electrical safety topics for those working in the mining industry.

Electrical safety in the mining industry covers a lot of different topic areas. The first thing we need to talk about is what is electricity and what can it do to you. You don?t have to look very far in any mining industry to find electrical panels, electrical cables, and other electrical hazards. Just about everything from dredge operations to gravel and sand pits use large amounts of electricity as an integral power source. With that large power source comes an increased potential to cause harm. The skin and body parts don?t do very well when contacting 480 volts in an electrical circuit and we become the path to ground.

This course will cover 4 main areas of electrical safety:

  • How electricity works
  • Identifying electrical hazards in the workplace
  • Methods for reducing risks
  • Electrical Safety Devices
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