Haul Truck – Basic Operation and Safety
Haul Truck – Basic Operation and Safety

Haul Truck – Basic Operation and Safety

Areas of Study: Mining | Health and Safety

This course focuses on recommended best practices related to operating haul trucks and applies to most equipment operators at a mine site. Even a modest improvement can mean millions of dollars in savings. A great prerequisite to any other equipment-related course. Edumine and VISTA Training are collaborating on the delivery of online courses for mobile and heavy equipment operation, and safety training in mining.


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This course includes online delivery for one person and a VISTA Training Certificate of Completion after requirements are met. It is viewable for up to 60 days.

  • Audience Level:
  • Technical | New to Mining
  • Enrollment:
  • Not Applicable
  • Course Fee:
  • Not Available
  • Duration:
  • 2 hours

Course Summary


In this course, trainees learn how to be safe and productive when operating a modern rigid frame haul truck.

Course Topics

  • Lesson 1 outlines the two primary types of drive systems used to power haul trucks, how to manage truck speed on down grades, and what steps to follow if the haul truck gets stuck.
  • Lesson 2 focuses on properly positioning the truck when being spotted by loading equipment, such as an electric shovel or large wheel loader.
  • Lesson 3 covers common dumping methods, backing safely to dump a load and signals the truck operator needs to be aware of when being spotted by a track dozer.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify and recognize haul truck operation best practices and techniques.
  • Classify modern rigid frame haul truck components, features and functions.
  • Identify and be able to use methods for truck positioning when loading or dumping.

Recommended Background

  • Although we recommend that you take the following prerequisite courses, this course is suitable for anyone with an interest in equipment operation and safety.
  • Recommended prerequisite courses: Heavy Equipment – Introduction and Safety, and Heavy Equipment – Pre-Use Inspection.

VISTA Training

The Silver Series™ of web-based equipment operator training courses was created by VISTA Training of Wisconsin, USA. Each course in the Silver Series™ provides convenient on-demand online access to training on many types of heavy and light equipment. These courses are designed to help trainees become proficient and safe equipment operators, and make it easy for mines, contractors and fleet owners to schedule training when and where it's most convenient for them. They're also ideal for smaller entities that may only need to train a handful of new people per year (e.g. OSHA- or OHSA- or MSHA-related training). Many also use these courses as refresher training for their "experienced" operators. This helps create consistency among the entire team.

These self-study courses focus on how to productively and safely perform common tasks in a mine or around a jobsite. At the end of each course, an integrated test provides an accurate measure of how much knowledge has been retained. Trainees are also able to print a certificate of completion, customized with their name and test score as well as a report showing any incorrectly answered test questions.