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Radio remote control continuous miner operator positioning.

Authors
Love-AC; Randolph-RF
Source
New Technology in Mining Health & Safety: Proceedings of the Symposium held at the SME Annual Meeting, Phoenix, Arizona, February 24-27, 1992. Khair AW, ed., Littleton, CO: Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration, 1992 Feb; :357-360
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
10011296
Abstract
This U.S. Bureau of Mines study describes the positioning strategies used by operators of radio-controlled underground mining machines. The observations have implications for task design to ensure adequate visibility and task performance. Radio-controlled continuous coal mining machines have allowed many mines to increase safety and production by placing human operators away from the hazards of an unsupported mine roof. The operator is no longer confined to an operator's compartment, and visibility can be enhanced with proper positioning. Also, the operator is no longer subjected to the shocks and vibrations of the mining machine. The operator's ability to move freely about the worksite requires a careful analysis of several competing safety and production considerations. Thirty-five operators of remotely controlled continuous mining machines were observed using work sampling followed by interviews to determine where the operator was positioned and what he or she was watching. Portions of the mining task place visibility demands on the operators that are difficult to accommodate within existing procedures. The operator's vision can be augmented through video cameras in future teleoperated mining systems, and the operator can be increasingly isolated from environmental hazards.
Keywords
Mining-industry; Mining-equipment; Underground-mining; Robotics; Safety-engineering; Safety-practices
Publication Date
19920224
Document Type
OP; Conference/Symposia Proceedings
Editors
Khair-AW
Fiscal Year
1992
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
ISBN No.
9780873351089
Identifying No.
OP 68-92
NIOSH Division
PRC
Source Name
New Technology in Mining Health & Safety: Proceedings of the Symposium held at the SME Annual Meeting, Phoenix, Arizona, February 24-27, 1992
State
PA
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