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Enhanced fire escape training for mine workers using virtual reality simulation.

Authors
Orr-TJ; Mallett-LG; Klein-KA
Source
2009 SME Annual Meeting and Exhibit, February 22-25, Denver, Colorado, Preprint 09-126. Littleton, CO: Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration, Inc., 2009 Feb; :1-4
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NIOSHTIC No.
20036394
Abstract
Recent U.S. mine disasters identified a need for improved training of miners in escape from mine fires and explosions. Researchers at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health's (NIOSH) Spokane Research Laboratory (SRL) have designed fire-escape training software for use in a mine-safety training course. The software allows four trainees to work together in a virtual world via a computer network. Trainees responded favorably and showed a marked improvement in locating the proper evacuation routes on subsequent trials. In collaboration with the Pittsburgh Research Laboratory (PRL), a more elaborate fire evacuation scenario is being developed. Further study is needed to confirm that virtual training will translate to improved safety outcomes in the real world.
Keywords
Mining-industry; Underground-mining; Mine-disasters; Mine-escapes; Mine-rescue; Coal-mining; Training; Simulation-methods; Computer-software; Author Keywords: virtual reality; VR; safety; training; mining; mine fire evacuation
Publication Date
20090222
Document Type
Conference/Symposia Proceedings
Fiscal Year
2009
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
NIOSH Division
SRL; PRL
Priority Area
Mining
Source Name
2009 SME Annual Meeting and Exhibit, February 22-25, Denver, Colorado, Preprint 09-126
State
WA; PA; CO
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