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

Authors
Orr-TJ; Mallett-LG; Margolis-KA
Source
Min Eng 2009 Nov; 61(11):41-44
NIOSHTIC No.
20036395
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
CODEN
MIENAB
Publication Date
20091101
Document Type
Journal Article
Fiscal Year
2010
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
11
ISSN
0026-5187
NIOSH Division
SRL; PRL
Priority Area
Mining
Source Name
Mining Engineering
State
WA; PA; CO
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