Underground site specific hazard training

Welcome to the Pattison Sand Company Underground Site Specific Hazard Training course . This course will provide you with vital safety information that you are required to know.  It will also familiarize you with the documents that must be completed on your behalf in order to enter certain areas of the Pattision property. 

MSHA  requires that all contractors and visitors complete this training every year. This site specific hazard training must be completed by any person entering the Pattison above ground facilities will be:

This course covers Underground training and must be completed by any individual that meets any of the above criteria.

If you have any questions, please contact the Pattison Sand Company training administrator:

Tim Adkins
email: [email protected]
telephone: (563) 964-2860 xtn 143

UNDERGROUND Overview, Procedures & Safety Equipment - This section covers the emergency procedures to be followed in the event of an emergency in a PSC underground mine. Only those who actually enter the mine are required to complete this section.

Maps of the underground mines

Emergency and Evacuation Procedures

In the event of an emergency, it is critical that you understand exactly what you should do. In order to safely and quickly evacuate your present location, you must know where you are, and what route to take to the exit. You must be familiar with existing evacuation plans, and know where to evacuate to.

Maps and evacuation plans

Mine maps and Evacuation Plans are located in the mine office on the employee bulletin board, on the North wall of the Shop Office, at the Cabin, and in the Wet/Dry Plant Control Room. These maps and plans lay out exactly how to orderly and safely exit the mine, and where to muster.  You must follow the clearly marked escapeways when exiting the mine.

Escapeways are marked on all mine maps.  Additionally, signs are located in each of the mines that identify escape routes.  In the event of an emergency in the mine that requires an evacuation. the following alarms are utilized:

  • Pattison Mine - White flashing strobe lights 
  •  Wille Mine - Audible air horn (one extended blast of the horn)

In the event that a mine evacuation is required, persons must shut off and leave mobile equipment in place at the time the alarm sounds, and immediately walk out of the mine.

Muster points

The assembly area (The muster area) following a mine evacuation is at the tag board outside the mine.  All persons should stay at the tag board until a head count has been completed and all persons are accounted for.

Emergency Equipment

Emergency equipment like fire extinguishers, emergency defibrillators, and clearly marked equipment shutoff panels can save lives when seconds count.  Understanding where these items are kept can help you prevent small problems from becoming big emergencies

First Aid Kits

First aid kits can be found in all company buildings and in all company vehicles.

Fire Extinguishers

Fire extinguishers are kept in the cab or on the access platforms of all motorized equipment and in all buildings. Any use of a fire extinguisher must be reported to a company representative.

AED
Automated External Defibrillator (AED)

An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a portable device that checks the heart rhythm and can send an electric shock to the heart to try to restore a normal rhythm. AEDs are used to treat sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). SCA is a condition in which the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating.  AED's kept at the shop office, the bluff plant MCC, the middle plant MCC, and the mine trailer.

UNDERGROUND Safety & Emergency Equipment - Special equipment is required when entering the mine. This section will familiarize you with this equipment. Only those who actually enter the mine are required to complete this section.

MSA model W65 Self Rescuer Overview

Self Rescuer
The MSA Filter Self-Rescuer is an Air-Purifying Respirator designed for one-time escape use providing protection against toxic carbon monoxide (CO) and other gases that may be emitted in underground mine fires or explosions.

Self Rescuer

The Filter Self-Rescuer is immediately ready-for-use after opening and removal from the container. It has a Latex-free mouthpiece and nose clip to reliably protect the user from the contaminated ambient air. Its adjustable head harness allows for a tight fit and hands-free usage.

A self rescuer should be worn during mine evacuations where visible smoke is present. All persons entering the mine must be able to don their self rescuer. You will receive instruction on how to put your self rescuer on during the practical portion of this training (usually completed after you finish this online course).

Click on the item below to view the donning instructions.  You will receive a printed copy of these instructions during the practical portion of your training.

Click here to view/download copy of these instructions in adobe PDF format

Exercise:

Complete the true/false questions below

MSA Self Rescuer Instructional Video

Self Rescuer
A self rescuer should be worn during mine evacuations where visible smoke is present. All persons entering the mine must be able to don their self rescuer. You will receive instruction on how to put your self rescuer on during the practical portion of this training (usually completed after you finish this online course).

Click on the item below to view the donning instructions.  You will receive a printed copy of these instructions during the practical portion of your training.

Click here to view/download copy of these instructions in adobe PDF format

Watch the instructional video below: (NOTE: We will produce our own video, This one is temporary for demo purposes).

https://player.vimeo.com/video/153649115

Exercise:

Indicate which statements below are true and which are false.

Hard Hats and Head Lamps

Specialized mining hard hats provide substantial protection for the head from falling objects and protect miners against electrical shock or burn. 

Pattison Sand Company uses hard hats or caps that meet or exceed the applicable specification of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). These hard hats provide appropriate head protection and comply with all requirements including  ANSI's "Safety Requirements for Industrial Head Protection," Z89.1, and "Safety Requirements for Industrial Protective Helmets for Electrical Workers, Class B," Z89.2.

All persons who enter an underground mine must have a cap lamp for their personal use.  The picture below depicts one type of cap lamp in use at Pattison Sand.  Before entering the mine, you will be provided with instruction on how to use the cap lamp.  While underground, always use caution to avoid shining your light into the eyes of others.

Exercise:

The image below shows four miners. Three of these miners hard hats have head lamps.  Indicate which hard hats have head lamps installed by clicking on each lamp.

UNDERGROUND HAZARD RECOGNITION & AVOIDANCE - Hazards exist underground that do not exist above ground. This section covers these hazards. Only those who actually enter the mine are required to complete this section.

Hazards in the underground environment

Blasting Area Hazards

Overhead ground control

Hot Work

TRAINING DOCUMENTATION & CERTIFICATION - Upon completing this course, the following documentation and certifications will be provided to you, kept on file with Pattison Sand Company, and/or filed on your behalf with MSHA

Form 5000.23 - MSHA Training Certificate.

Underground Site Specific Training Complete!