What is Surface Mining?
Surface mining, method of extracting minerals near the surface of the Earth. The three most common types of surface mining are:
- Open Pit Mining
- Strip Mining
Qualifications: 62869 - Rockbreaking: Surface Excavations
Skills Programs for the "Above" mentioned Qualification.
Competent Person B
People credited with this skills programme are able to install, maintain and remove any support unit in surface mining excavations in accordance with the Fall of Ground Regulations.
Competent Person A
People with this skills programme comply with the Fall-of-Ground regulations promulgated by the Minister of Minerals and Energy. The regulations require a competent person to examine and make safe a workplace (Competent Person A) and determine that such competence will vest in a candidate having achieved the requirements of the relevant skills programme registered with the Mining Qualifications Authority
People with this skills programme will be able to comply with part of the Explosives Usage at Mines and Works Regulations under the Mine Health and Safety Act in terms of the competencies specified for blasting assistants but excluding the duties covered by the Skills Programme for the Management of Explosives Magazines on Mines and Quarries.
People with this skills programme will be able to comply with the requirements of the Chief Inspector of Explosives as well as the Explosives Usage Mines Regulations under the MHSA in terms of explosives materials storage.
By successfully completing the skills program learners will be able to identify and test for gases in surface excavations (coal)
Operate Mobile Machinery
People credited with this Skills Programme are able to operate mobile machinery in surface mining and quarrying operations.