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The impact of eliminating safety fuse from metal/nonmetal mines.
Sengupta D; French G; Heydari M; Hanna K
NTIS: PB/81-215386 1980; :1-211
This study analyzes the safety, technology, and economic impact of eliminating safety fuse from metal and nonmetal mines based on operation and manufacturer experience over the past 5 to 10 years. If safety fuse is eliminated, blasting accidents will decrease with no technical impact except for some limited, specific applications. The economic impact will be minor for large operations, but will be significant enough that some small operations will likely close rather than change. The majority of the mines would probably change over, with the extra cost absorbed by the market. Elimination of safety fuse would have obvious impact on the two manufacturers of safety fuse; one manufacturer already produces an alternative system, and will remain unaffected. The other manufacturer will be affected if they do not change their production strategy. There will be a very minor effect on the mining industry as a whole due to abolishment of safety fuse from the standpoint of employment or production.
Mining; Mining industry; Metal mining; Nonmetal mining; Safety; Safety measures; Safety equipment; Blasting explosives; Accident rates; Economic impact; Environmental technology; Manufacturing; Small businesses
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Science Applications Inc.
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