Safety and Productivity (pages 99-105).
NIOSH 1979 Feb:99-105
Safety hazards and the rate of productivity for the use of diesel powered equipment in underground coal mines are discussed. It is concluded that equipment such as continuous miners and coal cutters do not lend themselves to diesel power; and load and dump and shuttle vehicles, locomotives for hauling equipment and supplies, and the utility vehicle or jeep for transporting men and materials probably will be the initial equipment in which diesel power will replace cable reel or electric battery powered or trolley units. Other units which may follow are main line haulage locomotives, roof bolting machines, loaders, face drills, scoops, and rock dusters. Underground traffic control may require modification if diesel powered equipment is introduced into coal mines, and the operating speed of diesel vehicles should be determined by the floor conditions and the roadway width. It is recommended that the safety and productivity of diesel equipment in underground coal mining be investigated promptly through cooperative studies and that underground maintenance or repair shops be designed to accommodate diesel equipment.
NIOSH-Author; Morgantown-Technical-Report; Bituminous-coal-and-lignite-mining; Occupational-safety; Work-practices; Industrial-machinery; Production-capacity;
The Use of Diesel Equipment in Underground Coal Mining, Work Group Reports from NIOSH Workshop, Division of Respiratory Disease Studies, NIOSH (at Morgantown, West Virginia, September 19-23, 1977), Morgantown, West Virginia