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Overview of Bureau research directed towards surface powered haulage safety.

May-JP; Aldinger-JA
Proceedings of the 26th Annual Institute on Mining Health, Safety and Research, August 28-30, 1995, Blacksburg, Virginia. Tinney G, Bacho A, Karmis M, eds., Blacksburg, VA: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1995 Aug; :121-132
Surface mining operations, including mills and preparation plants, employ over 260,000 people. This represents a significant contribution to our nation's economy and an important source of skilled and well-paying jobs. As mine production has shifted from underground to surface, and with continuing advances in underground mine safety, surface mining has unfortunately become the leader in mine fatalities. In 1994 surface mining accidents accounted for 49% of all mine fatalities, followed by underground mining with 37% and mills and preparation plants with 14%. The U.S. Bureau of Mines (USBM) has targeted surface mining as an important research priority to reduce the social and economic costs associated with fatalities and lost-work-time injuries. USBM safety research focuses on the development of technologies that can enhance productivity and reduce mining costs through a reduction in the number and severity of mining accidents. This report summarizes a number of completed and ongoing research programs directed towards surface powered haulage-the single largest category of fatalities in surface mining and a major cause of lost workdays. Research products designed for industry are highlighted and future USBM surface mining safety research is discussed.
Accident-prevention; Accident-analysis; Accident-rates; Mine-workers; Miners; Mining-industry; Injury-prevention; Safety-measures; Safety-monitoring; Safety-programs; Safety-practices; Monitoring-systems; Statistical-analysis; Surface-mining
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Tinney-G; Bacho-A; Karmis-M
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Proceedings of the 26th Annual Institute on Mining Health, Safety and Research, August 28-30, 1995, Blacksburg, Virginia
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