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An assessment of coal mine escapeway reliability using fault tree analysis.
Min Sci Technol 1988 Jul; 7(2):205-215
The issue of miner safety in case of an underground mine fire has been extensively examined by both government and industry. These efforts have intensified in recent years following a number of fatal fires at underground coal mines. As a result, there is an increasing interest in the reliability of coal mine escapeways during a mine fire. This paper discusses the use of fault tree analysis for evaluating escapeway reliability. A fault tree is developed using standard logic formulations. It is later evaluated using commercially available software. The computer model uses boolean reduction to obtain the minimal cut sets and minimal path sets of the tree. A brief analysis is also conducted to determine the occurrence probability of the top event. This study shows that fault tree analysis is a viable means of analyzing escapeway reliability. The cut and path sets reveal those event sequences leading to fatalities. Such information is useful in safety training and accident prevention. The probability of the top event shows the frequency of occurrence for fatalities in an underground mine fire. The usefulness of this value, however, is limited by the accuracy of the data for the initiating events. For mining events, the data are difficult to estimate precisely.
Mine-fires; Mine-escapes; Mine-disasters; Mine-rescue; Mine-workers; Miners; Mining-industry; Underground-mining; Underground-miners
Gerrit V.R. Goodman, Pittsburgh Research Center, Bureau of Mines, U.S. Dept. of Interior, Pittsburgh, PA 15236 (U.S.A.)
OP; Journal Article
Issue of Publication
Mining Science & Technology
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division