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Monitoring blind spots: a major concern for haul trucks.

Authors
Ruff-TM
Source
Eng Min J 2001 Dec; 202(12):17-26
NIOSHTIC No.
20021857
Abstract
Devices are available to help eliminate blind spots and associated accidents involving large off-highway mining equipment. Camera systems and, more recently, radar and RFID systems designed specifically for heavy equipment, are now on the market. Successful implementation of these systems can be achieved if their shortcomings are realized and anticipated. Cameras can benefit from the addition of a sensor system, so that the equipment operator is prompted to check the video monitor while moving the equipment. Radar is good at detecting people and small vehicles, but it is susceptible to nuisance alarms, requiring cameras to verify the cause and exact location of the nearby object. RFID, while more expensive than other solutions, is very reliable, and its increased functionality and integrated camera system make it an attractive long-term solution. No collision warning system can replace the training and caution necessary for operating heavy equipment. However, technology can aid in reducing some of the guesswork required when operating equipment that has extensive blind spots.
Keywords
Mining-industry; Mining-equipment; Motor-vehicles; Monitoring-systems; Engineering-controls; Control-technology
CODEN
ENMJAK
Publication Date
20011201
Document Type
Journal Article
Fiscal Year
2002
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
12
ISSN
0095-8948
NIOSH Division
SRL
Source Name
Engineering and Mining Journal
State
WA; GA
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