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An assessment of coal mine escapeway reliability using fault tree analysis.

Authors
Goodman-GVR
Source
Min Sci Technol 1988 Jul; 7(2):205-215
NIOSHTIC No.
10006165
Abstract
The issue of miner safety in case of an underground mine fire has been extensively examined by both government and industry. These efforts have intensified in recent years following a number of fatal fires at underground coal mines. As a result, there is an increasing interest in the reliability of coal mine escapeways during a mine fire. This paper discusses the use of fault tree analysis for evaluating escapeway reliability. A fault tree is developed using standard logic formulations. It is later evaluated using commercially available software. The computer model uses boolean reduction to obtain the minimal cut sets and minimal path sets of the tree. A brief analysis is also conducted to determine the occurrence probability of the top event. This study shows that fault tree analysis is a viable means of analyzing escapeway reliability. The cut and path sets reveal those event sequences leading to fatalities. Such information is useful in safety training and accident prevention. The probability of the top event shows the frequency of occurrence for fatalities in an underground mine fire. The usefulness of this value, however, is limited by the accuracy of the data for the initiating events. For mining events, the data are difficult to estimate precisely.
Keywords
Mine-fires; Mine-escapes; Mine-disasters; Mine-rescue; Mine-workers; Miners; Mining-industry; Underground-mining; Underground-miners
CODEN
MSTEEV
Publication Date
19880701
Document Type
OP; Journal Article
Fiscal Year
1988
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
OP 117-88
Issue of Publication
2
ISSN
0167-9031
NIOSH Division
PRC
Source Name
Mining Science & Technology
State
PA
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