Survey of Safety Procedures for Guarding Blast Affected Areas.
NTIS: PB/82-246042 :74 pages
This report describes the results of a survey of current blast area guarding procedures at surface and underground metal and nonmetal mines. Five case histories of blast guarding methods considered to represent the best systems in use in the U.S. mining industry are featured. Elements of an effective blast guarding system are presented along with recommendations for improvements in current blast guarding practices. Industrial and military surveillance and detection technology was reviewed to determine whether parallel technology exists for immediate application to blasting site security. While it is concluded that immediate transfer of industrial security technology is limited, a number of recommendations are presented for new research to adapt some of that technology for application to the mining environment. Two research areas (computerized personnel tracking and blast area intrusion detection using infrared, microwave, or e-field type detection systems) that are considered to offer the most potential for improved blast guarding areas are presented.
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