Silver Series:

Heavy Equipment - Introduction & Safety

The purpose of this program is to introduce you to key pieces of heavy equipment most often used on mine sites and large construction projects. These work sites are busy places and may expose workers to a variety of hazards and dangers. Trainees need to have a clear understanding of how these machines work and interact, and be aware of common safety hazards when working around them.

Silver Series: Heavy Equipment - Introduction & SafetySilver Series: Heavy Equipment - Introduction & Safety

Heavy Equipment - Introduction & Safety is part of VISTA's growing family of Silver Series online training programs, 1-2 hours in length and delivered via the web. They are ideal for new operator training.

The content of this training program is focused on three main areas:

  • Heavy equipment types and primary uses
  • Work place safety, and
  • Start up and shut down.

Upon completion of this program, trainees will be better prepared to work safely and productively on and around heavy equipment in a mine or on a construction site.

Lesson 1 - Heavy equipment types and primary uses: This lesson introduces seven types of earthmoving machines and explains how each plays a part in moving material in the mine or on the job site. These equipment types are:

  • Crawler dozers
  • Hydraulic excavators
  • Motor graders
  • Wheel loaders
  • Rear dump rigid frame haul trucks
  • Articulated frame haul trucks
  • Hydraulic face shovels

Lesson 2 - Work site safety: In this lesson, trainees learn about a variety of work site safety principles, including:

  • Due diligence
  • Engineered controls
  • Administrative controls
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Working at night
  • Approaching equipment on foot
  • Safely traveling in reverse (dozers and loaders)
  • Close calls and near misses
  • The safety triangle
  • Tagging out equipment

Lesson 3 - Start up and shut down: This lesson explains how heavy machinery responds to being started in cold weather and how to transition it to operating temperature with the least amount of machine stress. It also outlines important steps that must be followed when shutting down a machine. Trainees who understand these procedures can help to reduce maintenance costs and extend machine life.

A growing percentage of new hires in the construction and mining industries have no previous experience with heavy equipment. Why invest your valuable time explaining to new hires what each major equipment type is and what it does? Let us do that for you so you can focus on higher-value-added activities.

Trainers: Before you begin classroom or field training, why not provide your trainees with a solid foundation of knowledge about the equipment and how to operate it safety? This web-based training course can be delivered any time, anywhere you have access to a high-speed internet connection.


Estimated length of training program: 1 hour 20 minutes + final test
Number of test questions: 26
Printable Certificate of Completion: Yes, with person's name, date and test score
Incorrect Question Feedback report: Yes
Language: English
Narration: Yes
Immediate online delivery for one person - viewable for up to 60 days

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If you have any questions about this Silver Series training program, please contact us at 800-942-2886 or 262-514-2886 or via e-mail at

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  • Heavy Equipment
  • Heavy Equipment - Mining
  • Support Equipment
  • Lifting & Rigging
  • Pipelayer Installation
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  • Programs average 1-2 hours in length
  • "Check your knowledge" questions for improved knowledge retention
  • Integrated test to verify learning
  • A printable, customized certificate of completion for your records