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Technologies for today's mine emergency responders.

Authors
Conti-RS; Chasko-LL
Source
Int J Emerg Manag 2001 Jan; 1(1):13-29
NIOSHTIC No.
20025515
Abstract
Historically, underground mine rescue teams have only received training in the course of actual emergencies, or in simulated mine environments, usually on the surface, with placards to identify objects and hazards. Also, while US Federal Regulations require all underground miners to walk escapeways and conduct fire drills every 90 days in a smoke-free environment, this does not fully prepare them for the conditions that will be encountered in real escape situations. 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
Emergency-response; Emergency-responders; Mine-disasters; Mine-rescue; Mining-industry; Underground-mining; Underground-miners; Occupational-hazards; Environmental-factors; Environmental-hazards; Work-environment; Training; Simulation-methods; Author Keywords: emergency response; underground smoke training; mine rescue simulations; response technology
Contact
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, P.O. Box 18070, Pittsburgh, PA 15236, USA
CODEN
IJEMB6
Publication Date
20010101
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
rkc4@cdc.gov
Fiscal Year
2001
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
1
ISSN
1471-4825
NIOSH Division
PRL
Source Name
International Journal of Emergency Management
State
PA
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