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Experience in the Use of Diesel Equipment in New South Wales Coal Mines.

NIOSH 1982 Oct:33-54
The Australian experience with using diesel equipment in underground coal mines was discussed. The scope of the Australian coal mining industry was summarized. In 1976 Australia produced 83.1 million tons of coal, 40.8 million tons from underground mines and 42.3 million tons from open cuts. New South Wales was the largest producer of underground coal with 35.7 million tons, followed distantly by Queensland, Western Australia, and Tasmania with 4.3, Australian coal industry were described. The history of the use of diesel equipment in underground coal mines was discussed. Diesel equipment was first introduced into New South Wales coal mines in 1941. With the exception of diesel shuttle cars, the use of diesel equipment has been satisfactory. The shuttle cars were not accepted by the workers because of their unreliability and high maintenance requirements. Monitoring the health of workers using diesel equipment has been conducted by the New South Wales Coal Board since 1966 and no evidence of adverse health effects has ever been found. Legislation relating to using and flameproofing diesel equipment in underground mines was discussed. Problems associated with noise, road wearing surfaces, and fires in mine transport vehicles were discussed. The author concludes that diesel equipment has been used successfully in New South Wales coal mines since 1941, except for diesel shuttle cars which did not live up to expectations. No evidence of any adverse health effects resulting from diesel exhaust exposures in the mines has been obtained. A transcript of a question and answer period was included.
Coal-mining; Underground-mining; Diesel-exhausts; Occupational-health; Industrial-safety; Mining-equipment; Diesel-engines; Regulations
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Conference/Symposia Proceedings
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DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 82-122
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Proceedings of a Workshop on the Use of Diesel Equipment in Underground Coal Mines, Morgantown, West Virginia, September 19-23, 1977; Morgantown, West Virginia, NIOSH
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