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Roof screening for underground coal mines: recent developments.

Authors
Compton-CS; Gallagher-S; Molinda-GM; Mark-C; Wilson-G
Source
Proceedings of the 26th International Conference on Ground Control in Mining, July 31 - August 2, 2007, Morgantown, West Virginia. Peng SS, Mark C, Finfinger GL, Tadolini SC, Khair AW, Heasley KA, Luo Y, eds., Morgantown, WV: West Virginia University, 2007 Jul; :270-276
NIOSHTIC No.
20032436
Abstract
Falls of small pieces of rock from between roof bolts continue to cause fatalities and to injure hundreds of coal miners each year. Roof screen is the most effective way to prevent these incidents, but some mines are reluctant to use it because they believe installing screen can be awkward, expensive and time-consuming. The most common type of roof bolting machine used in mines today is the dual boom, outside-controlled roof bolter. Mines who install roof screen using these machines have developed some machine modifications and techniques to ease roof screen installation. This paper describes some successful techniques and machine modifications that are being used in productive mines to assist with roof screen installation. Since the material handling involved with roof screen installation can expose miners to an increased risk of musculoskeletal injuries, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) ergonomists, designed machine modifications and implemented a series of tests to evaluate roof screen handling procedures for outside-controlled, dual boom roof bolting machines. Roof screen installation can also have a positive economic impact on a mine by reducing the cost of injuries, workers' compensation, required spot or re-bolting, and clean-up of long term travel and belt entries.
Keywords
Ground-control; Ground-stability; Mining-industry; Underground-mining; Coal-mining; Mine-shafts; Injury-prevention; Accident-prevention; Engineering-controls; Control-technology
Publication Date
20070731
Document Type
Conference/Symposia Proceedings
Editors
Peng-SS; Mark-C; Finfinger-GL; Tadolini-SC; Khair-AW; Heasley-KA; Luo-Y
Fiscal Year
2007
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
ISBN No.
9780978938321
NIOSH Division
PRL
Source Name
Proceedings of the 26th International Conference on Ground Control in Mining, July 31 - August 2, 2007, Morgantown, West Virginia
State
PA; WV
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