MSHA 46 Training: Machine Guarding


Moving equipment and materials at the mine site pose unique hazards for miners. This lesson provides an overview of these hazards, the relevant OSHA regulations, and how we can use guards to keep ourselves safe out at the mine.



MSHA 46 Training: Machine Guarding
Duration: 30 minutes of content, approximately 45 minutes to complete.
Audience: Surface Mining Industry
Overview: Participants of this course will gain knowledge about the importance and requirements of proper machine guarding.

There is a reason why guarding is one of the most frequently sited standards in MSHA, it?s because we need to keep the moving parts of the machine away from the moving parts of your body. There are a lot of different options when creating guards. In this course, you will learn about the different kinds of materials you will use when making fixed and adjustable guards. It?s important that the guards are made and put on securely and don?t pose a hazard themselves. All of these aspects work together to make a really good guard to guarantee a body part doesn?t end up stuck in a machine.
In this course we will cover 4 areas of Machine Guarding:

  • Assessing and reducing risk
  • Identifying hazards in the workplace
  • The different types of guards
  • Guard design and construction

A guard can only help us if it?s actually on the machine. In recent years, MSHA has given thousands of citations for guarding violations, and for good reason. Moving machine parts have the potential to cause serious injuries if we come into contact with them. These injuries include things like crushed fingers or hands, amputations, burns, blindness, or even worse. Each year, miners lose their lives because dangerous moving machinery wasn?t properly guarded. Miners face many risks. With all of the heavy equipment, materials, and changing conditions at a typical mine site. Miners need to know how to identify and reduce these risky situations, so they don?t find themselves getting hurt on the job.

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