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Recent advances in proximity warning technology for surface mining equipment.

Authors
Ruff-TM; Steele-J
Source
Min Eng 2004 Dec; 56(12):68-72
NIOSHTIC No.
20026005
Abstract
The lack of visibility near earthmoving equipment results in an average of five fatalities in U.S. surface mines each year. These accidents occur when equipment strikes another vehicle, strikes a worker or travels over the edge of an embankment. Researchers at the U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health evaluated off-the-shelf proximity warning systems that sense obstacles near the equipment and provide an alarm to the operator. Limitations of existing systems have necessitated the development of new systems designed specifically for mining equipment, including a global positioning system-based proximity warning system and a computer-assisted stereovision system. A description of these two new systems and preliminary test results are discussed.
Keywords
Mining-industry; Mining-equipment; Surface-mining; Warning-devices; Warning-systems; Warning-signals
CODEN
MIENAB
Publication Date
20041201
Document Type
Journal Article
Fiscal Year
2005
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
12
ISSN
0026-5187
NIOSH Division
SRL
Priority Area
Research Tools and Approaches: Intervention Effectiveness Research
Source Name
Mining Engineering
State
WA
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