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Emerging technologies: aiding responders in mine emergences and during the escape from smoke-filled passageways.

Authors
Conti-RS
Source
Proceedings of the Northwest Mining Association 107th Annual Meeting, Spokane, Washington, December 3-7, 2001. Spokane, Washington: The Northwest Mining Association, 2001 Dec; :1-14
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
20021278
Abstract
Historically, underground mine rescue teams have received training only in the course of actual emergencies, or in simulated mine environments, usually on the surface, with placards to identify objects and hazards. Also, while U.S. Federal Regulations require all underground miners to walk escapeways and conduct fire drills every 90 days, this does not fully prepare them for the conditions that may be encountered in real escape situations, such as smoke filled entries. This paper describes technology and realistic training simulations that have been identified for the general workforce and mine emergency responders. Of all the technology evaluated by underground personnel, laser lights and lifelines were most beneficial in leading personnel to safety and out of the mine in smoke-filled passageways. These technological advancements can improve the state of readiness for rescue personnel and increase the chances of survival for personnel escaping from underground emergencies.
Keywords
Mining-industry; Underground-mining; Rescue-workers; Rescue-measures; Emergency-responders; Training; First-aid
Contact
NIOSH, Pittsburgh Research Laboratory, P.O. 18070, Pittsburgh, PA 15236
Publication Date
20011203
Document Type
Conference/Symposia Proceedings
Email Address
rkc4@cdc.gov
Fiscal Year
2002
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
NIOSH Division
PRL
Source Name
Proceedings of the Northwest Mining Association 107th Annual Meeting, Spokane, Washington, December 3-7, 2001
State
WA; PA
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