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Coal mine electrical accident reduction.
Tenney-BS; Cooley-WL; Elrazaz-Z
Proceedings of the Sixth WVU Conference on Coal Mine Electrotechnology, Morgantown, West Virginia, July 28-30, 1982. Cooley WL, ed., Pittsburgh, PA: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, Contract J0123017, 1982 Nov; :137-149
Many electrical accidents occur each year in the coal mining industry, ranging in severity from harmless shock to death. These accidents result in a large number of lost workdays, and analysis shows that many of them occur under similar circumstances. These circumstances are investigated and grouped to produce a list of "generic" accidents. Bureau of Mines research contracts are reviewed to determine what effect they may have on the frequency and/or severity of common electrical accidents. Many of the ideas drawn from the contracts relate to the introduction of new safety equipment and electrical trouble-shooting and repair procedures. These measures are categorized and estimates are made of their potential effectiveness in reducing accidents. This analysis, in conjunction with the amount of money spent by the Bureau on the research it supported, is used to generate a cost-vs-benefit table for the Bureau. Areas are identified that are being somewhat neglected, and to which more thought should be given to making safety-related changes in equipment or procedures.
Mining-industry; Underground-mining; Mining-equipment; Electronic-equipment; Electronic-devices; Electrical-transmission; Electrical-systems; Electrical-hazards; Electrical-safety; Safety-education; Safety-measures; Safety-research
Proceedings of the Sixth WVU Conference on Coal Mine Electrotechnology, Morgantown, West Virginia, on July 28-30, 1982.
West Virginia University
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