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TitleShort DescriptionTopic Area(s)PI(s)Completed
An Analysis of Health and Safety Management Systems in MiningA pilot project to identify leading indicators in health and safety management practices unique to the mining industry and compare them against the leading indicators of mature occupational health and safety programs.Dana Reinke Willmer1
Analysis of Health and Safety Management System Practices Through Multilevel InterventionsA project to determine how communications between individual workers and organizational capacities, via health and safety management system (HSMS) tools and technologies, influence and shape workers’ health and safety perceptions and behaviors.Emily Haas0
Applicability of Proximity Detection to Mobile Underground Coal EquipmentA project to determine whether the proximity detection systems currently available to the underground coal mining industry provide protection to miners working near mobile haulage equipment such as shuttle cars and scoops.Jacob Carr0
Assessing and Evaluating Human Systems Integration Needs in MiningA project to use a systems approach to characterize what information needs to be provided to mine workers, determine the timing and format of that information, and then use this information to develop alternatives to interfaces design.Jennica Bellanca0
Assessing the Safety Culture of Coal MiningA project to work with a consultant, Human Performance Analysis, to assess the safety culture at U.S. coal mines.Carin Kosmoski1
Battery Safety Enhancements for Underground Coal MinesA project to make recommendations and guide policy or program decisions regarding the safety of batteries used in underground coal mines.Thomas H. Dubaniewicz1
Calibration and Verification of Longwall Stress ModelsA project to address the paucity of guidance in available literature for assessing the design an underground longwall coal mine for safe ground response to mining with numerical stress analysis tools.Mark Larson1
Coal Mine Safety Applications of Seismic MonitoringA project to implement in-mine seismic monitoring techniques in coal mines to evaluate and demonstrate potential mine safety benefits of this technology.Peter L. Swanson0
Communications and Tracking Systems Modeling and PerformanceA project to enhance the understanding of underground mining communication and tracking system performance through the development and validation of radio signal propagation models.Chenming Zhou0
Computational ResearchA project to contribute to improving the health and safety of miners by providing essential information technology development activities for the Office of Mine Safety and Health Research.Gregory Cole0
Continuous Monitoring of Airflow and Methane in Coal MinesA project to develop guidelines to assess ventilation effectiveness in underground coal mines using improved sampling protocols and defining optimal instrument locations for continuous-reading airflow and methane monitors.Anu L. Martikainen1
Control Technologies and Strategies for Reducing Exposure of Underground Miners to Diesel EmissionsA project to reduce exposures of underground miners to diesel particulate matter and gases through implementation of control technologies and understanding of the risks associated with  exposure to diesel engine emissions.Aleksandar Bugarski1
Controlling Respirable Dust in Coal Mining OperationsA project to identify and develop improved respirable dust controls for coal mines and facilitate their implementation to reduce the dust exposures of mine workers.James Rider0
Defining Risk Perception and Tolerance Within a Decision Science FrameworkA project to identify and define the theoretical constructs for risk perception and tolerance from the perspective of the sand, stone, and gravel mine worker and determine how these perspectives influence their decisionmaking processes.Brianna Eiter1
Design Procedures for Gateroad Ground ControlA project to develop engineering-based procedures that will contribute to the practical design of ground control systems in gateroad excavations and longwall extractions.Gabriel Esterhuizen0
Develop and Evaluate Engineering Noise Controls for Air Carbon Arc Cutting and GougingA project to develop and evaluate noise controls and alternatives toward reducing sound pressure levels and personal noise exposures from air carbon arcing applications in the mining industry to below permissible exposure limit.Melissa Lowe1
Development and Evaluation of Prototype Kneepads for the Low-Seam Mining IndustryA project to reduce the likelihood of knee injuries in low-seam coal miners through a systematic approach that includes the development of guidelines for improved personal protective equipment and interventions.Jonisha P. Pollard1
Development of Guidelines for the Design of Support Systems to Manage Coal Mine Rib HazardsA project to develop guidelines for determining the appropriate level of support and design methods for support systems to minimize the risk and severity of injuries to miners from rib falls in underground coal mines.Khaled Mohamed0
Economic Methods and Analyses ProgramA project to develop an OMSHR economics program to determine the economic consequences of occupational fatal and non-fatal injury and use that information to improve program planning, intervention evaluation, and policy analysis.Linda McWilliams1
Empirical Guidelines for Longwall Ground Control DesignA project to update the database of case histories upon which the Analysis of Longwall Pillar Stability (ALPS) software bases its recommended stability factors.Ted. M. Klemetti1
Engineering Design for Mine Fire Prevention and Atmospheric Monitoring SystemsA project to develop engineering data to improve knowledge of mine fires and their interactions with mine ventilation networks; atmospheric monitoring systems; and fire, prevention, detection, and suppression systems.Liming Yuan0
Engineering Noise Controls for Haul Trucks and Load Haul Dumps (LHDs)A project to develop, evaluate, and implement engineering controls to reduce noise over-exposures among haul truck and LHD operators.J. Shawn Peterson1
Engineering Noise Controls for Longwall Mining SystemsA project to develop durable noise controls that reduce the noise exposure of longwall mining system crews and facilitate the commercialization of the controls to make them available for all miners.Hugo E. Camargo0
Enhanced Utilization of Personal Dust Monitor FeedbackA project to test an intervention to help miners use personal dust monitor feedback more effectively to reduce their exposure to respirable coal mine dust.Kelly McNelis1
Enhancing Mine Workers’ Abilities to Identify Hazards at Sand, Stone, and Gravel MinesA project to characterize sand, stone, and gravel mine workers’ ability to recognize worksite hazards and to understand how this ability relates to perceived and measured risk as well as to other factors internal and external.Brianna Eiter0
Evaluation and Development of Hearing Loss InterventionsA project to improve the effectiveness of hearing loss prevention interventions through development, refinement, promotion, and long-term evaluation.Amanda S. Azman1
Evaluation of LIDAR as a Novel Remote Dust Sensing TechnologyA project to evaluate the feasibility of using Light Detection And Ranging (LIDAR), a remote sensing technology based on laser reflection, as a dust monitoring tool in the mining industry.Gerald J. Joy1
Float Dust Control in Underground Coal MinesA project to reduce float dust deposition in return and belt airways of underground coal longwall mines through laboratory and field evaluation of novel dust prevention, capture, and suppression methods and dissemination of related findings.Steven Mischler0
Ground Control Safety for Deep Vein MinesA project to establish a new standard for ground control safety in deep vein mines.Joseph B. Seymour0
Health Communications in MiningA project to contribute to improving the health and safety of miners by providing essential health communications and dissemination support and strategies for the Office of Mine Safety and Health Research.Carin Kosmoski0
Identification of Areas at Risk for Coal Bursts in Deep Cover Room and Pillar MinesA project to define the geologic and stress criteria associated with an elevated risk of coal bursts, considering both U.S. and international experience through visits to coalfields.Ted M. Klemetti1
Improved Dust Control Methods for Longwall MiningA project to develop control technologies that will reduce the most common sources of respirable dust on the longwall face, which will in turn protect the health of mine workers on the longwall face.James P. Rider1
Improved Ventilation Effectiveness in Underground Coal MinesA project to enhance worker safety by decreasing the likelihood of explosions that are produced by hazardous underground methane concentrations.Robert B. Krog1
Improvements to Mine Escape TrainingA project to ensure that suitable information exists for properly training underground coal miners on appropriate procedures for escaping from dangerous situations such as fires, explosions, and inundations.Robert H. Peters1
Improving Coal Dust Explosion Hazard Assessment StrategiesA project to eliminate coal dust explosions in underground coal mines.Marcia L. Harris0
Improving Situational Awareness through Visual InterventionsA project to reduce the risk of fatalities and serious injuries by using human visual performance data to develop specifications for visual cues and technologies that will improve situational awareness and decisionmaking during self-escape.John Sammarco0
Improving Underground Coal Mine Sealing StrategiesA project seeking to eliminate disasters from gas explosions within sealed areas of coal mines through improved engineering of the complete sealing process and better education of the mining workforce.Richard Karl Zipf1
Intelligent Safety Technology for Mining MachineryA project to investigate the implementation and integration of existing and emerging technologies in surface and underground mines to provide automatic, intelligent protections against traumatic injuries.Joseph Ducarme0
Investigation of Enhanced Refuge AlternativesA project to provide the underlying scientific evidence that addresses, minimizes, and, where possible, eliminates the concerns miners have about using a refuge alternative after a mine disaster.David Yantek0
Mine Roof Simulator (MRS) LaboratoryA project to utilize the capabilities of the Mine Roof Simulator (MRS) Laboratory to test underground roof support and ventilation structures and apply these results to engineer safer products and applications.David F. Gearhart1
Monitoring and Control of Airborne Toxic Substances in MiningA project to advance the assessment and monitoring of exposure respirable aerosols by developing timely, accurate, and site-specific monitoring technologies and strategies to apply to problems associated with exposure to these mining aerosols.Emanuele Cauda0
Noise Controls for Jumbo Drills Used in Metal/Nonmetal MinesA project to develop durable noise controls that reduce the noise exposure of jumbo drill operators and facilitate the commercialization of the controls to make them available for all miners.J. Shawn Peterson0
Particulate Measurement and Characterization in MiningA project to develop innovative instruments and methodologies for real-time measurement of respirable mineral aerosols and diesel particulate matter aerosols.Emanuele G. Cauda1
Reducing Machine Guarding-Related Injuries in MiningA pilot project to assess the types of injuries mine workers sustain when handling machine covers and guards and to determine the focus of future machine cover and guard redesign efforts.Jonisha Pollard1
Reducing Silica and other Respirable Hazards in the Industrial Minerals and Metal/Nonmetal Mining IndustriesA project to develop control interventions to reduce occupational exposure to silica and other respirable dusts in metal/nonmetal mines and mills.Andrew B. Cecala0
Respirable Dust Control for Surface MinesA project to reduce respirable silica dust exposure in surface mines through improved understanding of dust generation and transport, improvement of current control technologies, and development of new control technologies.William R. Reed1
Respirable Dust Control Methods on Continuous Mining OperationsA project to develop and evaluate control technologies to reduce respirable dust exposures for operators of roof bolters and continuous mining machines.John A. Organiscak1
Self-Escape from Underground Coal Mines Training InitiativeA project to characterize the essential components of the mine emergency escape system and develop interventions designed to improve system preparedness and self-escape training of underground coal mining personnel.Launa Mallet0
Slip, Trip and Fall Hazard Identification and Remediation In Surface Mining FacilitiesA pilot project to complete a preliminary characterization of slip and fall risk factors at surface mine facilities to demonstrate the feasibility of developing a taxonomy of risk factors and to inform the development of a more detailed study.Mahiyar Nasarwanji1
Slip, Trip, and Fall Hazard Identification, Investigation, and Remediation at Surface Mining FacilitiesA project to utilize a multifaceted approach to investigate slips, trips, and falls (STF) by developing tools to identify, report, and remediate STF hazards in the workplace, providing recommendations for footwear based on empirical evidence.Mahiyar Nasarwanji0
Support Design Procedures for Difficult Ground ConditionsA project to develop engineering guidelines for support design that will reduce groundfall fatalities under supported roof in underground coal mines.Essie Esterhuizen1
Surveillance & StatisticsA project to develop and strengthen the use of surveillance data to identify priorities, trends, and emerging issues within the mining industry.Linda McWilliams0
Underground Coal, Metal, and Nonmetal Mine Illumination Systems for Improving Miner Visual PerformanceA project to improve mine illumination such that a mine worker's visual performance improves to better recognize slip/trip/fall hazards and pinning/striking hazards from moving machinery.John J. Sammarco, Ph.D.1
Ventilation of Longwall FacesA project to improve the capabilities to detect changing ventilation conditions along a longwall face arising from poor roof caving characteristics and increasing face length.Steven Schatzel0
Ventilation to Control Contaminants in Metal/NonMetal Mining OperationsA project to deliver practices, methodologies, and strategies to the industry to improve ventilation effectiveness in underground metal/nonmetal (M/NM) operations to increase control of airborne contaminants in deep mines.Chris Pritchard1
Virtual Reality to Train and Assess Emergency RespondersA research project designed to determine optimal use of virtual reality (VR) technologies for training and assessing mine emergency responders.Cassandra L. Hoebbel1