Mining Publication: Proximity Detection Zones: Designs to Prevent Fatalities Around Continuous Mining Machines

Original creation date: June 2016

Authors: P Bissert, J Carr, JP Ducarme

Peer Reviewed Journal Article - June 2016

NIOSHTIC2 Number: 20048604

Prof Saf 2016 Jun; 61(6): 72�77

Mine workers in an underground coal mine are exposed to many hazards and potential hazards on a daily basis such as unstable mine openings, coal and rock dust, high noise levels, fires and explosions, and heavy machinery. While many engineering and process controls have been established to mitigate the risks of these hazards, working with and in proximity to large, mobile equipment remains a significant risk to miner safety.

Some of the most hazardous jobs for an underground coal miner involve operating or working in the vicinity of continuous mining machines (CMMs). Since 1984, 39 miners have been killed when struck or pinned by a CMM, per 2015 MSHA data.

NIOSH researchers have developed the intelligent proximity detection (iPD) system, which differs from conventional systems in that it utilizes multiple stop zones to selectively disable potentially dangerous machine motions while allowing safe motions to continue uninterrupted.

Cover page for Proximity Detection Zones: Designs to Prevent Fatalities Around Continuous Mining Machines
Peer Reviewed Journal Article - June 2016

NIOSHTIC2 Number: 20048604

Prof Saf 2016 Jun; 61(6): 72�77


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