Thermal imaging cameras and their use in the mining industry.
Trans Soc Min Metall Explor 2003 Jan; 312:1-7
To deal with an unexpected event such as fire, prevention and preparedness are important elements in an underground mine's strategic plan. The purpose is to prevent a fire before it initiates and to be prepared to deal with it when it does occur. This paper highlights a technology that may be used by the mining workforce to minimize such occurrences. It discusses thermal imaging cameras and their many applications to detect equipment failures or hot spots before they develop into a fire. It also evaluates the feasibility of using thermal imaging cameras for emergency responders to assist them during exploration, rescue and fire fighting efforts. These thermal imaging systems allow rescue personnel to see in darkness and through dense smoke, thus making it easier to locate heated areas and missing or trapped personnel.
Coal-mining; Mining-industry; Occupational-hazards; Mine-workers; Mining-equipment; Miners; Safety-equipment; Safety-measures; Safety-monitoring; Safety-practices; Work-areas; Work-environment; Workplace-monitoring; Fire-hazards; Fire-safety
Research Tools and Approaches: Control Technology and Personal Protective Equipment
Transactions of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration