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Thermal imaging cameras and their use in the mining industry.

Authors
Conti-RS; Chasko-LL
Source
Trans Soc Min Metal Explor 2003 Jan; 312:1-7
NIOSHTIC No.
20033381
Abstract
To deal with an unexpected event such as fire, prevention and preparedness are important elements in an underground mine's strategic plan. The purpose is to prevent a fire before it initiates and to be prepared to deal with it when it does occur. This paper highlights a technology that may be used by the mining workforce to minimize such occurrences. It discusses thermal imaging cameras and their many applications to detect equipment failures or hot spots before they develop into a fire. It also evaluates the feasibility of using thermal imaging cameras for emergency responders to assist them during exploration, rescue and fire fighting efforts. These thermal imaging systems allow rescue personnel to see in darkness and through dense smoke, thus making it easier to locate heated areas and missing or trapped personnel.
Keywords
Coal-mining; Mining-industry; Occupational-hazards; Mine-workers; Mining-equipment; Miners; Safety-equipment; Safety-measures; Safety-monitoring; Safety-practices; Work-areas; Work-environment; Workplace-monitoring; Fire-hazards; Fire-safety
CODEN
TMENAE
Publication Date
20030101
Document Type
Journal Article
Editors
Yernberg-WR
Fiscal Year
2003
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
ISBN No.
1873352297
ISSN
1075-8623
NIOSH Division
PRL
Priority Area
Research Tools and Approaches: Control Technology and Personal Protective Equipment
Source Name
Transactions of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration
State
PA
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