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Operating speed assessments of underground mining equipment.

Authors
DuCarme-JP; Kwitowski-AJ; Bartels-JR
Source
Min Eng 2010 Mar; 62(3):39-45
NIOSHTIC No.
20036801
Abstract
Numerous fatal/nonfatal accidents involving underground workers struck by powered machinery occur yearly, with continuous miners and roof bolters involved in the majority of these accidents. In an attempt to reduce these accidents, researchers at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Pittsburgh Research Laboratory conducted studies of operator interactions with the motions of continuous mining machines and roof bolter boom arms. These operators generally perform their tasks in close proximity to the equipment in confined workspaces, often employing awkward postures. Since experiments with human subjects using the actual equipment were not feasible due to safety concerns, researchers opted to conduct controlled experiments in laboratory settings. Utilizing motion capture technologies and computer simulations, the studies collected data on equipment and operator movement in a range of seam heights and working postures. This article details the results of these studies to examine operating speeds based on usage and seam height.
Keywords
Mining-industry; Mining-equipment; Underground-mining; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Mine-workers; Miners; Equipment-operators; Equipment-design
CODEN
MIENAB
Publication Date
20100301
Document Type
Journal Article
Fiscal Year
2010
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
3
ISSN
0026-5187
NIOSH Division
OMSHR
Priority Area
Mining
Source Name
Mining Engineering
State
PA
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