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Analysis of mine fires for all U.S. metal/nonmetal mining categories, 1990-2001.
Pittsburgh, PA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2005-105, (IC 9476), 2004 Nov; :1-52
This report analyzes mine fires for all U.S. underground and surface metal/nonmetal mining categories during 1990-2001 by state and six successive 2-year time periods. Injury risk rates are derived, and ignition source, methods of detection and suppression, and other variables are examined. Fires involving contractors are also included in the analysis. The data were derived from Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) mine fire accident publications and verbal communications with mine personnel. The analysis will provide the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, MSHA, and the mining industry with a better understanding of the causes and hazards associated with mine fires and an increased awareness aimed at preventing and reducing fire hazards. It will also form a basis for future fire research programs.
Mine-fires; Mining-equipment; Underground-mining; Surface-mining; Fire-hazards; Safety-research; Miners; Injuries; Ignition-sources; Combustible-materials; Metal-mining; Nonmetal-mining; Stone-mines; Sand-and-gravel-mines
NIOSH Pittsburgh Research Laboratory, P.O. Box 18070, Pittsburgh, PA 15236
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DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2005-105; IC-9476
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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