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VISTA Training launches pair of introduction to heavy equipment online training modules

Updated: Mar 15

Waterford, WI (June 17, 2011) - VISTA Training Inc. has launched two new training modules as part of its growing, cost effective Silver Series: Heavy Equipment – Intro & Safety and Heavy Equipment – Pre-Use Inspection. These web-based training modules are designed to help educate trainees who are new to the fields of construction and mining, and are prerequisites for the rest of the modules in the Silver Series. The Silver Series gives equipment owners convenient access to task-focused training on many types of heavy machinery, on demand. These affordable modules are designed to help trainees to become proficient and safe equipment operators, and make it easy for equipment owners to schedule training when and where it’s most convenient for them. They’re also ideal for smaller companies that may only need to train a handful of new operators per year. “As skilled equipment operators age and retire, a growing percentage of young people are now entering the construction and mining industries and have little or no previous experience operating machinery,” explains Bruce Rabe, CEO of VISTA Training, Inc. “That has created the need for a series of basic training modules that help them understand the types of equipment they may encounter on a typical work site, how these machines work and interact, and common safety hazards to be aware of when working around them.” Heavy Equipment – Intro & Safety Heavy Equipment – Intro & Safety familiarizes trainees with key types of heavy equipment most often used on mine sites and large construction projects, discusses key principles of work site safety and recommended practices for start-up and shut down of heavy equipment. This module covers seven types of heavy machinery, including:

  1. Crawler dozers

  2. Hydraulic excavators

  3. Motor graders

  4. Wheel loaders

  5. Rear dump rigid frame haul trucks

  6. Articulated frame haul trucks

  7. Hydraulic face shovels In this module, trainees also learn about a variety of work site safety principles, including due diligence, engineered and administrative controls, personal protective equipment and tagging out equipment. Heavy Equipment – Pre-Use Inspection This new training module teaches trainees a practical process to perform a pre-use inspection, which can be applied to all seven of the machine types presented in the Heavy Equipment – Intro & Safety training module. This hour-long session explains why it’s important to perform a pre-use inspection, the key components common to most heavy equipment and the types of checks required on each one. Key topics in this module include:

  8. Claiming the machine

  9. How to perform a thorough and consistent inspection

  10. Engine system inspection

  11. Hydraulic and fluid mechanical component inspection

  12. Drive line components

  13. Checking high stress areas of the machine’s frame

  14. Inspecting tracks, tires and brakes

  15. Fire protection systems “Mines and contractors can use these two modules to provide a solid foundation in basic safety training practices, which they can build upon with procedures and regulations specific to their work site and region,” Rabe adds. To learn more about the new Silver Series of computer-based safety training modules from VISTA Training, please visit the VISTA Silver Series web page. To view this news release on the web, high-resolution screen shots from these modules and links to demonstration versions of the Silver Series programs, please see below. About VISTA Training VISTA Training, Inc., founded in 1991, provides training solutions for people involved in earthmoving, excavating and mining applications. Over 10,000 customers use VISTA products and services to provide equipment safety, skills and productivity training to employees. Headquartered in Waterford, Wisconsin, USA with a Canadian branch near the oil sands mining operations of northern Alberta, Canada, VISTA provides the mining and construction industries with a variety of computer-based training modules, videos, DVDs and instructor kits, on-site equipment operator training and cost effective, PC-based equipment simulators. Hi-Res Image Downloads Heavy Equipment Intro & Safety

Heavy Equipment Pre-Use Inspection

Links to Demonstrations Heavy Equipment – Intro & Safety Heavy Equipment – Pre-Use Inspection For more information, please contact: Marketing Manager VISTA Training Inc. Ph: 262-514-2886 ext. 305 E-mail:

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