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Outputs and Transfer - Research Goal 3.2:
Reduce noise generated by roof bolting machines
using wet and mist drilling

Results of HLR program activity in this area have been publicly disseminated to the mining community via a conference paper; ‘A SPL study of a Roof Bolter,’ which was presented at the 2005 Society of Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration Conference (SME) in Salt Lake City, Utah.19 The program has also been transferring the findings of this research to labor, industry, equipment manufacturers, and MSHA through Coal Mine Noise Partnership meetings and through a partnership workshop designed to make the industry aware of various engineering noise controls. The HLR program also worked with equipment manufacturers throughout this research effort to insure the acceptance of the findings by the manufacturers.

Intermediate Outcomes
Roof bolting machines equipped for wet drilling are currently available from J.H. Fletcher and Co., the leading manufacturer of roof bolting machines in the U.S. The company worked closely with the HLR program on the development of wet drilling technology. HLR researchers verified the effectiveness of a mist system sold by Joy Mining Machinery as a retrofit for J.H. Fletcher and Co. roof bolting machines. The mist systems are currently in use in several mines. MSHA Program Information Bulletin P04-18 states that wet drilling (where compatible with the geology and mining method) is technically and administratively achievable to reduce a miner’s noise exposure and that mist drilling offers promise in reducing exposures.

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Publications:

Journal Articles

Ingram DK, Matetic RJ [2003]. Are you operating an air rotary drilling rig?  Is it loud?  Water Well J 57(7):18-22.

Reeves ER [2005]. Assessment of noise controls commonly used on jumbo drills and bolters in western United States underground metal mines. Mining Eng 57(1):41-47.II.

Matetic RJ, Ingram DK [2001]. Preventing high insurance premiums and on-the-job injuries. Water Well J Aug:10-13.

Proceedings

Peterson JS, Kovalchik PG, Matetic RJ [2005]. A sound power level study of a roof bolter. Society of Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration Preprint No. 05-72, 2005 SME Conference, Salt Lake City, UT, 8 pp.

 

Presentations:

Conferences

Ingram DK [2002]. Noise hazards associated with water well drilling operations, Presented by request from the Pennsylvania Ground Water Association, Pennsylvania Ground Water Association’s 2002 Annual Conference, Penn State, PA, January 23-26.

Ingram DK, Matetic RJ [2000]. Recognizing noise and dust health hazards for the water well drilling industry. Presented by request from the National Ground Water Association, National Convention and Exposition, Las Vegas, NV, December 13-15.

Ingram DK, Matetic RJ [2001]. Noise health hazards and how to avoid them. Presented by request from the Minnesota Water Well Association, Minnesota Water Well Association’s 79th Annual Convention, St. Cloud, MN, January 29.

Ingram DK, Matetic RJ [2001]. Recognizing noise and dust health hazards for the water well driller. 46th Annual South Atlantic Well Drillers Jubilee, Myrtle Beach, SC, July 28-31.

Ingram DK, Matetic RJ [2002]. Noise and dust hazards associated with water well drilling. Presented by request from New York’s State Water Well Association, New York Water Well 2002 Annual Conference, Albany, NY, April 18-21.

Ingram DK, Yantek DS [2002]. Summary of noise hazards and engineering applications to reduce noise hazards. Presented by request from the National Ground Water Association, National Ground Water Expo, Las Vegas, NV, December 8-12.

Ingram DK, Matetic RJ [2003]. Hearing conservation: the ears have it. Presented by request from the National Ground Water Association, National Ground Water Expo, Orlando, FL, December 9-12.

Ingram DK, Moisan P, Hudak R [2003]. Hearing safety and machine operation. Presented by request from the New England Water Well Association, 2003 Annual Meeting, Marlborough, MA, March 21-22.

Peterson JS [2005]. A sound power level study of a roof bolter. Society of Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration 2005, Salt Lake City, UT, March 2.

Workshops

Reeves ER, Kovalchik PG, Ingram DK [2005]. Development and assessment of controls. Mining Hearing Loss Prevention Workshop, NIOSH, Charleston, WV, June 20-22.

Ingram DK [2003]. Hearing safety: water well drilling industry. Presented by request from the State of Ohio EPA, Ohio’s Annual Refresher Safety Training for the Ohio EPA Inspectors, Columbus, OH, October 22.

 

Standards and Regulations:

Mist System, MSHA Information Bulletin P04-18, “Technologically Achievable, Administratively Achievable, and Promising Noise Controls 30 CFR Part 62.

Wet Drilling, MSHA Information Bulletin P04-18, “Technologically Achievable, Administratively Achievable, and Promising Noise Controls 30 CFR Part 62.

Partnership Meetings:

Kovalchik P. “Engineering Controls for Hearing Loss Prevention Project”, presented at Coal Noise Partnership Meeting, at NIOSH / PRL, April 2002.

Kovalchik P. “Continuous Miner and Roof Bolter Results”, presented at Coal Noise Partnership Meeting, at NIOSH / PRL, July 2004.

Matetic RJ. “NIOSH Hearing Loss Prevention Research”, presented at Coal Noise Partnership Meeting, at NIOSH / PRL, 2003.

Matetic RJ. “NIOSH Hearing Loss Prevention Research”, presented at Coal Noise Partnership Meeting, at NIOSH / PRL, February 2005.

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