Down to Earth Training DVD

A training DVD for open pit mine workers

Script Authors: Paul Nedin, Yves Potvin and Michael Rosengren


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Open pit wall failures, loose rock rolling down slopes, ground water and stockpiling procedures are common sources of risks in Australian open cut operations. A sound understanding of open pit geotechnical concepts is crucial for mine workers. They need to have the competency to identify potential geomechanics hazards and take appropriate actions to facilitate their own and their peers’ safety.

Topics Include

  • Open pit risk assessment and geomechanics issues
  • Mining cycle – drilling, blasting, digging, loading, ground support, drainage and monitoring
  • Slope failure mechanisms
  • Slope monitoring and what to look for
  • Stockpiles, roads, ramps and waste dump hazards

Key Features

  • High quality open pit mining footage and state-of-the-art graphics
  • Easy to understand and follow
  • Reflects PPE standards and safe working procedures
  • Applicable to most open pit mining operations

What does your workforce know about the ground hazards of open pits and waste dumps?


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Specifications & Disclaimer

Paul Nedin and Yves Potvin


Australian Centre for Geomechanics

40 minutes

© Copyright 2005. Australian Centre for Geomechanics (ACG), The University of Western Australia. All rights reserved. No part of this DVD may be reproduced, stored or transmitted in any form without the prior permission of the ACG. The ACG applies restrictions on recording this DVD. All unauthorised audio recording, video recording and photography or transmission of this DVD material, data or information is expressly prohibited.

This content was published in 2005. You acknowledge the information provided and personal protective equipment shown may be outdated or no longer applicable. The content was based on Australian standards at the time of production and this may no longer be reflective of your individual or company’s requirements or of global mining standards.

The information contained in the DVD is for general educational and informative purposes only. Except to the extent required by law, the ACG makes no representations or warranties express or implied as to the accuracy, reliability or completeness of the information stored therein. To the extent permitted by law, the ACG excludes all liability for loss or damage of any kind at all (including indirect or consequential loss or damage) arising from the information in this DVD or use of such information. You acknowledge that the information provided in this DVD is to assist you with undertaking your own enquiries and analyses and you should seek independent professional advice before acting in reliance on the information contained herein. While all care has been taken in presenting this information herein, no liability is accepted for errors or omissions. The views expressed in this DVD are those of the editors and may not necessarily reflect those of the ACG. Viewers are cautioned to take expert advice.