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A control suite to reduce roof bolting machine drilling noise.

Authors
Lowe-MJ; Peterson-JS; Yantek-DS; Alcorn-LA; Michael-R
Source
NOISE-CON 2010: Proceedings of the 2010 National Conference on Noise Control Engineering and 159th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, Baltimore, Maryland, April 19-21, 2010. Burroughs CB; Maling G; eds., Indianapolis, IN: Institute of Noise Control Engineering of the USA, Paper No. NC 10-172, 2010 Apr; :1-12
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NIOSHTIC No.
20036773
Abstract
Among underground coal miners, hearing loss remains one of the most common occupational illnesses. In response, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) conducts research to reduce the noise emission of various underground coal-mining equipment, an example of which is a roof bolting machine. Field studies support the premise that, on average, drilling noise is the loudest noise that a roof bolting machine operator would be exposed to and contributes significantly to the operators' noise exposure. NIOSH has determined that the drill steel radiates a significant amount of noise during drilling. NIOSH, in collaboration with Corry Rubber Corporation and Kennametal, Inc., has developed a suite of controls to reduce drilling noise which consists of a bit isolator, chuck isolator, and a collapsible drill steel enclosure. This control suite effectively reduces the noise radiated by the drill steel. Laboratory testing confirms that the control suite reduces sound pressure levels generated during drilling by 13 dB(A) at the operator's location. As a result of this reduction in drilling noise, the noise exposure of the roof bolting machine operator is significantly reduced.
Keywords
Coal-miners; Coal-mining; Coal-processing; Coal-workers; Engineering-controls; Equipment-operators; Exposure-assessment; Exposure-levels; Exposure-methods; Hearing; Hearing-loss; Laboratory-testing; Machine-operators; Mining-industry; Noise; Noise-control; Noise-induced-hearing-loss; Noise-levels; Noise-measurement; Noise-sources; Occupational-exposure; Sound-attenuation; Statistical-analysis; Underground-miners; Underground-mining; Work-environment; Work-operations; Work-performance; Work-practices
Contact
M. Jenae Lowe or J. Shawn Peterson or David S. Yantek or Lynn A. Alcorn, NIOSH/OMSHR, PO Box 18070, Pittsburgh, PA 15236
Publication Date
20100419
Document Type
Conference/Symposia Proceedings
Email Address
jli7@cdc.gov
Editors
Burroughs-CB; Maling-G
Fiscal Year
2010
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
NIOSH Division
OMSHR
Priority Area
Mining
Source Name
NOISE-CON 2010: Proceedings of the 2010 National Conference on Noise Control Engineering and 159th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, Baltimore, Maryland, April 19-21, 2010
State
PA; MD; IN
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