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Technology News 483 - safety training tools for rock scaling personnel.

Authors
NIOSH
Source
NIOSH 2001 Jan; :1-2
NIOSHTIC No.
20000981
Abstract
Scaling, the removal of loose rock from the roofs and walls of a mine by manual or mechanized means, may be necessary during any stage of mining. Manual scaling is very labor intensive, and mechanical methods can be too powerful and actually produce a less stable roof. A systematic review of recent MSHA accident and fatality reports for underground metal/nonmetal mines revealed that nearly a quarter of all fatalities were related to rock falls, approximately one-third of all accidents involved scaling, and about half of all scaling-related accidents involved miners with less than 3 years of mining experience. Thus, the process of scaling was identified as a major source of injuries to miners and targeted for investigation.
Keywords
Mine-workers; Mining-industry; Underground-mining; Underground-miners; Mine-safety; Injury-prevention; Accident-prevention; Rock-falls
Contact
Art L. Miller, Spokane Research Laboratory, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, East Montgomery Avenue, Spokane, WA 99207
Publication Date
20010101
Document Type
Technology News
Fiscal Year
2001
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
TN-483
NIOSH Division
SRL
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
WA
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