Safety, technologic, and productivity potentials of highwall mining.
Volkwein-JC; Mucho-TP; Bhatt-SK
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; :117-127
The Bureau of Mines reviews developments in technology of auger and continuous highwall mining systems. Data collected from Bureau testing, mine visits, manufacturers, and the literature are used to survey the current status of highwall mining systems. A brief historical perspective of continuous mining highwall systems is presented with emphasis on currently operating systems. Included are discussions on worker health and safety and productivity issues such as ventilation, inertization, rib thickness monitoring, ground control, and coal extraction/haulage. Future highwall mining scenarios include the application of computer assisted continuous mining for better machine control. Improved methods for monitoring gas levels in auger mining are included.
Mine-workers; Miners; Mining-industry; Monitoring-systems; Highwall-mining; Surface-mining; Coal-miners; Coal-mining
Tinney-G; Bacho-A; Karmis-M
Proceedings of the 25th Annual Institute on Mining Health, Safety and Research, Blacksburg, Virginia, August 29-31, 1994