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Testing and evaluation of an engineering noise control on a longwall stageloader.

Authors
Bauer-ER; Reeves-ER; Durr-TM; Zuchelli-DR; Armour-D
Source
2005 SME Annual Meeting, February 28 - March 2, Salt Lake City, Utah, Preprint 05-58. Littleton, CO, Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration, Inc., 2005 Feb; :1-12
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
20026381
Abstract
A team of noise specialists from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Mine Safety and Health Administration, and Joy Manufacturing attempted to evaluate an engineering noise control on a Joy longwall stageloader. The team developed and executed a test plan to evaluate the noise attenuation of the engineering control in an underground coal mining environment. An evaluation of the long-term noise effects and durability of the engineering control were also a focus of the research effort. Pre- and post-control measurements consisting of a combination of worker dosimetry and task observations, tape recordings, and sound level measurements were used to evaluate the engineering control. A description of the engineering noise control, pre- and post-control sound level measurements, and an evaluation of control success are presented. In the end, no evaluation was possible due to mining practices, miner task variations, and inconclusive data.
Keywords
Engineering-controls; Noise; Longwall-mining; Mining-equipment; Underground-mining; Coal-mining; Mining-industry; Noise-levels; Noise-exposure; Noise-induced-hearing-loss; Occupational-diseases; Miners; Noise-measurement; Noise-sources
Contact
NIOSH Pittsburgh Research Laboratory, P.O. Box 18070, Pittsburgh, PA 15236
Publication Date
20050228
Document Type
Conference/Symposia Proceedings
Fiscal Year
2005
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
NIOSH Division
PRL
Priority Area
Research Tools and Approaches: Intervention Effectiveness Research
Source Name
2005 SME Annual Meeting, February 28 - March 2, Salt Lake City, Utah, Preprint 05-58
State
PA; NM
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