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Mining Publication: Detecting Problems With Mine Slope Stability

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Original creation date: August 2002

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Slope stability accidents are one of the leading causes of fatalities at U.S. surface mining operations. The Spokane Research Laboratory of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is currently conducting research to reduce the fatalities associated with slope failures. The purpose of this paper to discuss some of this research and to present potential new technologies for slope monitoring and design. The paper also briefly discusses various warning signs of slope instability, introduces the most common slope monitoring methods, describes the limitations of various slope monitoring systems, and presents some field results using some of this new technology.

Authors: JM Girard, EL McHugh

Conference Paper - August 2002

NIOSHTIC2 Number: 20030015

31st Annual Institute on Mining Health, Safety, and Research, Roanoke, VA, Aug. 27-30, 2000; :8 pp