Skip directly to search Skip directly to A to Z list Skip directly to page options Skip directly to site content

NIOSHTIC-2 Publications Search

Search Results

Transverse-mounted end-cab design for low-coal shuttle cars.

Authors
Mayton-AG
Source
Pittsburgh, PA: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, RI 9471, 1993 Jan; :1-19
NIOSHTIC No.
10012130
Abstract
A prototype end-cab shuttle car (SC) design has been developed to improve protection and address ergonomic concerns of the SC operator in low coal mines. The new design features an end cab transversely mounted to the SC and equipped with a closed-circuit video system. The end cab was retrofitted to a low-coal SC and evaluated in surface trials at the U.S. Bureau of Mines. During surface trials, test operators evaluated the end-cab SC relative to visibility; cab features - space, seating, controls, and operator position; tramming - inby, outby, and turning corners; and dumping. Trials were conducted using 12 test subjects; 6 were experienced SC operators. Results of the trials were promising. Of the experienced operators, the only operator with low-coal experience gave the new design the highest rating. Four experienced operators rated the end-cab design "better" to "much better" than a standard center-driven, side-cab SC for visibility when tramming, protection from roof and rib hazards and no change in seat position with direction of travel. This report discusses research to modify a used 21SC JOY SC, retrofit the SC with the Bureau-developed end-cab, and evaluate the retrofitted end-cab SC in surface trials.
Keywords
Mining-industry; Mining-equipment; Ergonomics; Machine-operators; Equipment-operators; Equipment-design
Contact
NIOSH Pittsburgh Research Laboratory, P.O. Box 18070, Pittsburgh, PA 15236
Publication Date
19930101
Document Type
Report of Investigations
Fiscal Year
1993
NTIS Accession No.
PB93-232866
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
RI-9471
NIOSH Division
PRC
Source Name
Pittsburgh, PA: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, RI 9471
State
PA
TOP