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Productivity and Safety Work Group.

NIOSH 1982 Oct:215-219
Safety and work productivity associated with using diesel equipment in underground coal mines was discussed. This was a summary of the discussion of the Productivity and Safety Work Group. Various types of coal mining equipment were reviewed to determine if they could be converted to diesel power. It was felt that continuous miners and coal cutters did not lend themselves to dieselization. Load/haul/dump and shuttle vehicles, locomotives for hauling equipment and supplies, and utility vehicles for transporting workers and materials were regarded as being some of the first to be converted to diesel power. Main line hauling locomotives, roof bolting machines, loaders, face drills, and rock dusters would eventually be converted. It was noted that approximately 160 diesel powered units were used in United States underground coal mines and were routinely inspected by the Mining Enforcement and Safety Administration (MESA). MESA also examined each company's mine ventilation plan before approving the use of diesel equipment underground. On the basis of currently available information, the group felt that switching from electric to diesel powered equipment would reduce the number of electrical fires and other hazards associated with electrical equipment. Other information indicated that introducing diesel equipment into mines may require modified or additional ventilation. High noise levels from diesel equipment was regarded as a worldwide problem. Available data have indicated that switching to diesel powered equipment would result in significant increases in productivity. The work group recommends that the safety and productive potential of diesel powered equipment in underground coal mines be promptly investigated through comparative studies.
Diesel-engines; Diesel-exhausts; Coal-mining; Underground-mining; Occupational-health; Motor-vehicles; Electrical-equipment; Industrial-safety
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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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