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Mining Publication: Technology News 484 - Devices to Monitor Blind Spots Near Large Haulage Equipment

January 2001

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During 1999, there were six fatalities in surface mines involving haulage equipment colliding with a smaller vehicle or person, or backing over the edge of a dump point. All of these fatalities can be attributed to the extensive blind areas around large haulage equipment. Researchers at NIOSH are investigating various technologies that can be used to monitor these blind areas and provide information on nearby obstacles to an operator. So far, the following technologies: Electromagnetic Signal Detection, Radar, and Video Cameras, have been tested on dump trucks used in surface mining. The selection of these systems was based on their ability to handle the tough environmental conditions found in mining operations and how well they detected obstacles out to 40 or 50 feet beyond the rear of large dump trucks. Some of the manufacturers of available collision warning camera systems are listed.

Authors: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

Technology NewsJanuary - 2001

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NIOSHTIC2 Number: 20000982

Spokane, WA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Technology News 484, 2001 Jan :1-2

 
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