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Development of a gas monitor simulator and mine rescue contest field trials.

Authors
Alexander-DW; Bealko-SB; Holtan-J; McWilliams-LJ; Whoolery-M
Source
Min Eng 2012 Jan; 64(1):47-52
NIOSHTIC No.
20040588
Abstract
Researchers from the U.S. Office of Mine Safety and Health Research (OMSHR) of the U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) completed field trials during coal mine rescue contests using simulated gas detectors in place of placards. The gas monitor simulator (GMS) devices replaced static, paper placards to deliver gas concentration data. Eleven teams were observed during the field contest, which was approved by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). GMS devices were given to three team members (the captain and both gasmen). Observation of teams revealed that team members changed behavior by acknowledging and sharing information more often while using the GMS. As a result of this research, it has been demonstrated that under the existing contest format, the newly developed GMS device may be used with no adverse impact on team contest performance. Furthermore, when GMS technology advantages are used, contest realism is improved. In the future, competency assessment may be incorporated.
Keywords
Monitors; Monitoring-systems; Gases; Mining-industry; Mine-gases; Behavior
CODEN
MIENAB
Publication Date
20120101
Document Type
Journal Article
Fiscal Year
2012
Identifying No.
B04132012
Issue of Publication
1
ISSN
0026-5187
NIOSH Division
OMSHR
Priority Area
Mining
Source Name
Mining Engineering
State
PA
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