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Mining Workshop: Proximity Warning Systems for Mining Equipment

Charleston, WV: September 15, 2010

The NIOSH Office of Mine Safety and Health Research sponsored a free, one-day workshop to discuss proximity warning and detection systems for mining equipment.

NIOSH researchers presented information on the latest technologies, both experimental and commercial, to prevent collisions between mining equipment and other vehicles or personnel, and to prevent remote controlled continuous miner operators from being pinned by the machines they are operating. Presentations covered technologies suitable for all mining applications, with special emphasis on underground mining. The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) provided an update on recent proximity detection activities, and the West Virginia Mine Safety Technology Task Force reported on its efforts to implement proximity detection systems.

Slides and videos for the presentations made by NIOSH researchers are available for downloading below. In addition, you may request a DVD of these workshop presentations by sending an email to OMSHR@cdc.gov.

Welcome
R.J Matetic, PhD Acting Branch Chief, Electrical and Mechanical Systems Safety, NIOSH OMSHR
Slides

Overview of Proximity Warning System Technology and Approaches
Todd Ruff, MS, PE, Acting Deputy Branch Chief, Electrical and Mechanical Systems Safety, NIOSH OMSHR
Slides  |  Video

Status of International Implementation of Proximity Warning Systems
Miguel Angel Reyes, Electrical Engineer, NIOSH OMSHR
Slides  |  Video

Update on MSHA Proximity Detection Activities
Dave Chirdon, Mine Safety and Health Administration

Update on West Virginia Mine Safety Technology Task Force Efforts
Jim Dean, Co- Chairman, West Virginia Mine Safety Technology Task Force

Intelligent Proximity Detection System for Continuous Mining Machines
Chris Jobes, PhD, PE, Mechanical Engineer and Jacob Carr, MS, Safety Engineer, NIOSH OMSHR
Slides  |  Video

Behavioral Considerations for Proximity Warning Implementation
Catherine Kingsley Westerman, PhD, Health Communications Fellow, NIOSH OMSHR
Slides  |  Video

Ergonomic Considerations for Proximity Warning Implementation
Patrick Dempsey, PhD, CPE, Acting Team Leader, Musculoskeletal Disorder Prevention, NIOSH OMSHR
Slides   |  Video

 

Example slide: describing the problem with surface mining equipment Example slide: triangulation technique for determining position Example slide: description of human-machine interaction Example slide: Test a prototype proximity system

 

 
 
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