Technology to reduce mine hoisting accidents.
Eng Min J 1999 Dec; 200(12):30-34
Researchers at the Spokane Research Laboratory (SRC) of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) are studying methods and technology to improve safety in underground metal/nonmetal mining. One particular project goal is to reduce the number of accidents and injuries associated with hoisting personnel and materials. Each year, several miners are killed or seriously injured while operating equipment associated with hoisting and ore transfer operations. Other accidents occur while loading, unloading, or riding the cage. The following article describes the development of new sensors, data transmission methods, and operator interfaces that can convey critical information to hoist operators and inspection personnel.
Mine-workers; Mine-disasters; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-measures; Safety-practices; Equipment-design; Equipment-reliability; Ergonomics; Metals; Safety-personnel
TM Ruff, NIOSH, Morgantown, WV 26505
Engineering and Mining Journal