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Mining Publication: Enhanced Surface Control for Roof and Rib Support

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Original creation date: August 2001

Image of publication Enhanced Surface Control for Roof and Rib Support

The risk of injury caused by minor roof falls continues to increase in underground mining. Most ground control injuries result from small rock falls that occur in a supported area, but do not involve the failure of the support system. In the roof, these are the "skin failures" that occur between previously installed primary or secondary bolting systems. To minimize skin failures and the associated accidents, several devices were designed and tested in the laboratory to maximize stiffness, minimize material thickness and weight, and ease material storage and handling on roof bolting machines. The goal of this project was to design and evaluate devices that can be installed with traditional primary or secondary roof supports, and that are easy to handle/install under temporary or previously supported roof.

Authors: SC Tadolini, DR Dolinar

Conference Paper - August 2001

NIOSHTIC2 Number: 20021464

Proceedings of the 20th International Conference on Ground Control in Mining, Peng SS, Mark C, Khair AW, eds. Morgantown, WV: West Virginia University, 2001 Aug; :173-179