The need for mechanization of cable handling behind continuous miners.
Warneke JR; Stewart BM
2006 SME Annual Meeting and Exhibit, March 27-29, St. Louis, Missouri, Preprint 06-046. Littleton, CO: Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration, Inc., 2006 Mar; :1-7
The productivity of underground mines has increased dramatically since the introduction of continuous miners. A variety of new hazards have developed as a result. In the spring of 2004, Mine Health and Safety Administration (MSHA) held a workshop to brainstorm ideas to decrease the number of injuries associated with continuous miners. One of the main areas of discussion at the workshop was "trailing cable-handling injuries." The method of handling the power cables over the years has changed very little while the technology and uses of continuous miners has advanced dramatically. This paper will discuss the main ideas brainstormed at the MSHA continuous miner (CM) trailing cable handling workshop and the history and root causes of cable-handling injuries, as well as proposed ideas developed at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to alleviate some of the cable handling issues.
Mining-industry; Underground-mining; Automation; Robotics
2006 SME Annual Meeting and Exhibit, March 27-29, St. Louis, Missouri, preprint 06-046