Collision warning systems for surface mining equipment.
NOIRS 2000--Abstracts of the National Occupational Injury Research Symposium 2000, Pittsburgh, PA, October 17-19. Pittsburgh, PA: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, 2000 Oct; :27
In the past 5 years, powered haulage accounted for 43% of fatalities and was one of the top 5 sources of injuries in surface mines. Twenty-three of these fatalities occurred when a large capacity haulage truck ran into or over another vehicle in the truck driver's blind spot. One method of detecting an obstacle in the blind spot of large equipment and preventing a collision is to use some type of sensor technology such as radar or video cameras. Researchers at the Spokane Research Laboratory of NIOSH are testing off-the-shelf collision warning systems and developing new systems to meet the needs of the surface mining industry. This report summarizes the technologies available for this application, the advantages and disadvantages of each as determined by tests, and alternative sensor systems that are currently under development.
Accidents; Accident-prevention; Injuries; Traumatic-injuries; Injury-prevention; Mine-workers; Mining-equipment; Mining-industry; Surface-mining; Monitors; Monitoring-systems; Warning-devices; Warning-signals; Warning-systems
Conference/Symposia Proceedings; Abstract
NOIRS 2000 Abstracts of the National Occupational Injury Research Symposium 2000, Pittsburgh, PA., October 17-19, 2000