Surface Miner Training System | Case Study

Client: The Center for Business and Industry
Industry: Mining, Mining-Related Specialty Contracting
Services: Instructional Design, Scriptwriting, Video Production, Training Development

Since it’s founding in 1977, the Mine Safety and Health Administration has been working to reduce injuries, illness, and death in a dangerous industry. Their efforts have made a major impact, helping lower annual mining fatalities by more than 88%. A major factor in these improvements is the emphasis that MSHA has placed on enforcing training requirements for those working on mine sites of all types.

Working with the Mine Safety Professionals at the Center for Business and Industry at South Central College, Sunstone created three training modules covering topics of particular concern to the mining industry. These included Hazard Communication, Electrical Safety, and Machine Guarding. The lessons were shot at a variety of mine sites, including gravel pits, dimensional stone quarries, and dredging operations.

Articulate Article Featuring Sunstone

Article featuring Sunstone’s work.

The lessons have been well-received, with MSHA awarding four of them awards for excellence in training materials at their annual TRAM (Training Resources Applied to Mining) conferences. The project also caught the eye of Articulate Global, a premier provider of e-Learning authoring software and resources, and host to the Internet’s largest e-Learning developer community. They published an article highlighting Sunstone’s work, inspiring a lively discussion about best practices for creating personal, engaging, effective digital training.

The lessons are currently being used by mining operators, front-line workers, and contractors across the country to establish and maintain safer mine sites. 𝓢