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Using MADSS to analyze mining accident trends on a personal computer.

Glowacki AF
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; :133-140
Since 1978, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has compiled a database that tracks information about U.S. mine operators and independent contractors. In addition, it maintains a database that tracks accidents, injuries, and illnesses reported by those companies. These data are collected from the operators and contractors in accordance with 30 CFR Part 50 regulations, and are a valuable resource for industry and government specialists interested in improving mine safety. However, the data are underutilized because the information is not in a form that is easily usable or accessible by individuals who are responsible for guiding mine safety. To provide easier access to these data, the U.S. Bureau of Mines (USBM) is developing the Mine Accident Decision Support System (MADSS). MADSS is a DOS-based software package for extracting and analyzing the MSHA data. It is written in PAL, a programming language for the Paradox 4.5 relational database management system environment. Included with MADSS are revised versions of the MSHA files, which were optimized for easier use, faster access, and for compatibility with Paradox 4.5. The target audience for MADSS is diverse, including mining companies, universities, federal and state agencies and private sector organizations. Therefore, MADSS provides many ways to extract and present information. This paper will present a general overview of these capabilities, and discuss how health and safety professionals can use MADSS to identify accident trends in the mining industry.
Accident-prevention; Accident-analysis; Accident-rates; Mine-workers; Miners; Mining-industry; Injury-prevention; Safety-equipment; Safety-measures; Safety-monitoring; Safety-programs; Safety-practices; Monitoring-systems; Computer-software
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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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