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A review of accidents during surface mine mobile equipment operation.
Proceedings of the 25th Annual Institute on Mining Health, Safety and Research, Blacksburg, Virginia, August 29-31, 1994. Tinney G, Bacho A, Karmis M, eds., Blacksburg, VA: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1994 Aug; :99-108
Accidents involving the operation of surface mine mobile equipment were analyzed for the years 1989 through 1991 to determine where safety improvements are needed. This U.S. Bureau of Mines study analyzed a total of 2,852 accidents in metal-nonmetal and coal mining. Haulage trucks accounted for the largest number of accidents, followed by front-end loaders and bulldozers. Haulage truck accidents were also the most severe in terms of lost workdays and fatalities. The number one cause of accidents during operation of the equipment was jarring. Loss of vehicle control was second to jarring in causing accidents, but produced more severe injuries. It is evident that better operator restraints and higher restraint usage rates are needed to reduce accidents and injuries to equipment operators, along with improvements in the shock isolation capabilities of the equipment. These improvements could potentially eliminate or reduce the severity of 60 pet of the equipment operator accidents.
Accident-prevention; Accident-analysis; Accident-rates; Mine-workers; Miners; Mining-industry; Injury-prevention; Safety-equipment; Safety-measures; Safety-monitoring; Safety-programs; Safety-practices; Coal-miners; Coal-mining; Surface-mining; Statistical-analysis
Tinney-G; Bacho-A; Karmis-M
Proceedings of the 25th Annual Institute on Mining Health, Safety and Research, Blacksburg, Virginia, August 29-31, 1994
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