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ISO 19434:2017 - Mining - Classification of mine accidents
ISO 19434:2017 establishes a classification of mine accidents by their origin or causes, by the type of accident, and by their results or consequences. The latter includes only the accidents resulting into consequences on people, not equipment or machinery. Different categories of causes, types and consequences of mine accidents are briefly defined, and a 3-digit code is assigned to each category. These can be combined to ultimately allocate a unique 15-digit code to each type of mine accident. This code can then be used in statistical analysis. Similarly, an allocated code clearly shows to which...
From awareness to action: Sudbury, mining and occupational disease in a time of change
BACKGROUND: Miners work in highly hazardous environments, but surprisingly, there are more fatalities from occupational diseases, including cancers, than from fatalities from injuries. Over the last few decades, the mining environment has become safer with fewer injuries and less exposure to the toxins that lead to occupational disease. There have been improvements in working conditions, and a reduction in the number of workers exposed, together with an overall improvement in the health of miners. OBJECTIVES: This study attempted to gain a deeper understanding of the impetus for change to reduce...
NIOSH Web Tool Demonstrates that in Mining, Safety Pays
Safety Pays in Mining - a new, free web tool from NIOSH - shows mining companies the cost of worker injuries. This tool offers mining companies information on not only the cost of injury claims, but a few suggestions on how that same money might be spent in other ways. Preventing injuries saves workers from pain and disability and saves companies money at the same time. Injuries on the job profoundly affect mining companies’ profits and daily operations. In addition to paying direct costs or increased premiums for workers’ compensation insurance, mining companies might need to pay for...
Oeuvrer ensemble pour promouvoir un milieu de travail sûr et salubre
La Commission d'experts pour l'application des conventions et recommandations publie une étude d'ensemble sur les instruments de sécurité et de santé au travail relatifs au cadre promotionnel, à la construction, aux mines et à l'agriculture. Après un aperçu du contexte historique et des objectifs des instruments sélectionnés (chapitre I), la présente étude passe en revue les politiques, systèmes et programmes nationaux de SST et met en évidence l'importance capitale des données...
Manuel de formation en sauvetage minier - sixième édition
La nouvelle édition du Manuel de formation en sauvetage minier rassemble de l’information indispensable au personnel de sauvetage pour sauver des victimes et lutter contre des incendies, ainsi que pour exécuter certains travaux et faciliter la reprise de l’exploitation minière.​ Source: http://www.cnesst.gouv.qc.ca/Publications/400/Pages/DC_400_704.aspx
Québec - Modifications au Règlement sur la santé et la sécurité du travail dans les mines
Les modifications suivantes sont en vigueur depuis le 23 juin 2016. Les changements portent sur de nombreux sujets entre autres sur la modification de certaines définitions, les vêtements de sécurité à haute visibilité, la méthode d'échantillonnage et d'analyse des particules diesel et la méthode d'échantillonnage et d'analyse des poussières combustibles respirables. Source: http://aspmines.qc.ca/nouvelles/modifications-au-reglement-sur-la-sante-et-la-securite-du-travail-dans-les-mines-3/
Examen sur la santé, la sécurité dans les mines et de la prévention
Le secteur minier de l'Ontario constitue un élément vital de l'économie ontarienne, un important employeur et un facteur économique des autres secteurs. L'exploitation minière souterraine s'avère de plus en plus être une activité de haute technologie qui, par sa nature, présente de multiples dangers pour la santé et la sécurité. Même si le secteur minier ontarien est l'un des plus sécuritaires au monde, il est toujours possible d'apporter des améliorations. En décembre...
Discussion about promotion of coal mine safe production levels from strengthening labour management
Fires, floods, gas, roof and coal dust are known as the five major disasters of coal mine, which have always been treated as the focus of prevention and control of coal mine in safety production. Taking the example of Changzhi's experience in Shanxi Province, in order to improve the security basic qualities and skills of mine workers they have reinforced the labor management of the coal industry, built the five systems and two large database, this paper introduces the method of Changzhi city and preliminary effect, it is concluded that improving the safety quality of staffs is the fundamental...
Human health and safety risks management in underground coal mines using fuzzy TOPSIS
The scrutiny of health and safety of personnel working in underground coal mines is heightened because of fatalities and disasters that occur every year worldwide. A methodology based on fuzzy TOPSIS was proposed to assess the risks associated with human health in order to manage control measures and support decision-making, which could provide the right balance between different concerns, such as safety and costs. For this purpose, information collected from three hazardous coal mines namely Hashouni, Hojedk and Babnizu located at the Kerman coal deposit, Iran, were used to manage the risks affecting...
Taking Refuge
In September of 2012, wooden cable frames at a potash mine in Rocanville, Saskatchewan, caught fire, trapping 20 workers underground. From inside the mine, the workers were able to communicate with the outside world and stay safe, despite being trapped in smoky conditions for a day. No one was injured […] How did so many workers, trapped underground in such dangerous conditions, manage to evacuate and stay safe? The answer lies in the sophisticated — if not delicate — system of mine rescue and mine emergency response. Source : http://www.ohscanada.com/news/taking-refuge/1002371985...
Pike River Coal Mine : Guidelines for company directors on their health and safety responsibilities
An important resource for company directors, and part of the Ministry's work to implement recommendations from the Royal Commission on the Pike River Coal Mine Tragedy, is now available. The Good Governance Practices Guideline for Managing Health and Safety Risks was developed jointly by the Ministry and the Institute of Directors with input from employer and employee groups. The guideline gives practical advice to company directors on managing health and safety risk and influencing performance in this critical area in their organisations. It is an essential resource for directors providing...
Patterns in mining haul truck accidents
To help develop ergonomics audit programs for mining, one source of data on both work tasks and their failures is accident reports. These are available in most industries and are often used in human factors engineering, but typically to justify and evaluate interventions rather than to provide task details and failure mechanisms. Because fatal accidents in particular contain considerable detail resulting from thorough follow-up investigations, they are thus a useful starting point for analysis. A set of 40 detailed fatal accident reports for mining haul truck accidents were analyzed to develop...
Mining Feature: NIOSH Illumination Research Addresses Visual Performance Needs with LED Technology
Improved illumination in underground mines could be a key to reducing the second leading accident class of nonfatal lost-time injuries—slips, trips, and falls. While past research efforts have focused on such factors as cost, battery life, and miner preference, NIOSH’s latest illumination research takes a more modern approach—conducting experiments to assess human visual performance in simulated mining environments and using the experimental results to design improved illumination technologies. Source : http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/mining/features/IlluminationFeature.html
Mining Publication: A new perimeter control blast design concept for underground metal/nonmetal drifting applications
This report presents a new concept in perimeter control blasting for underground metal/nonmetal mine drifting applications focusing on the importance of the buffer holes in a blast design. The new blast design concept applies the understanding of radial damage that is caused by the buffer hole column charge. Buffer hole radial damage is defined by a practical damage limit applied to the rock lying between the buffer holes and the perimeter. A favorable comparison was made between five successful controlled blast designs and the concept of practical damage limit. This concept is easy to use and...
Workplace hazard identification and management: The case of an underground mining operation
This paper uses the findings from two workshops conducted with 77 employees of an underground mining operation in Western Australia in April and May 2011. Risk management requires all managers and employees to identify hazards in their work environments. Managers assume that their employees have sufficient knowledge and skills to successfully identify not only obvious but also emerging hazards. For this study, two workshops were conducted using an action research methodology. In the first workshop, “Hazard Identification” it was found that the range of workplace hazards the staff could...
Move IT! Rig Move Safety for Truckers
This video covers rig move safety for truckers in the oil and gas fields. It helps make sense of the organized chaos that accompanies a rig move and highlights some easy ways to lower the risk of being injured or killed when moving to a new location. (Audience: land-based oil and gas drilling and service workers) Source : http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/video/2012-168d/
Through-the-Earth, Post-Accident Communications—an Emerging Technology
A NIOSH Technology News report on technology to provide a two-way communications system to improve miners' ability to communicate from underground to surface. Source : http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/mining/UserFiles/Works/pdfs/2013-105.pdf
New Zealand mining disaster: Sweeping away of old laws left industry "in limbo"
New laws to improve worker participation in health and safety matters and toughen up directors' duties should be given early attention, according to an official report into the Pike River mining tragedy in New Zealand two years ago. The Pike River coal mine, which lies on the west coast of the South Island, exploded on 19 November 2010, due to the ignition of a large volume of methane gas. Twenty-nine men underground died immediately, or soon afterwards, either from the blast or from the toxic atmosphere. Over the next nine days the mine exploded three more times before it was sealed. The Royal...
Chinese temporary workers bring unsafe mining culture, union says
An influx of temporary foreign workers into British Columbia’s mining sector is taking jobs from Canadian workers and making the mines more dangerous, according to the organizing body for British Columbia trade unions. In an open letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, the Bargaining Council of BC Building Trade Unions argues that the planned importation of Chinese workers this week by Canadian Dehua International Mines Group Inc. is a strategy for the companies to employ lower-paid employees who are not familiar with Canadian mine safety culture and regulations [...] Source: http://www...
A review of virtual reality as a medium for safety related training in mining
A common problem for high risk industries such as mining is how to provide effective safety related training. Virtual reality simulation offers the opportunity to develop perceptual expertise, perceptuo-motor skills, and cognitive skills such as problem-solving, and decision-making under stress, without exposing trainees or others to unacceptable risks. This review examines the evidence for the effectiveness of virtual reality as a medium for safety related training in mining. Evidence exists to demonstrate the effectiveness of virtual reality as a medium for safety related training in a range...
Une nouvelle technologie pour sauver la vie des mineurs
Un partenariat de transfert de connaissances (KTP, Knowledge Transfer Partnership) entre le fabricant de composés électroniques Tioga, basé à Derby, East Midlands, et l'université de Nottingham, a permis la mise au point d'un dispositif qui pourrait permettre de sauver des vies dans l'industrie minière. Depuis 2008, l'université de Nottingham travaille sur une technologie appelée Heart Light, qui permet de surveiller en continu le rythme cardiaque d'un nouveau né à l'aide d'un petit dispositif placé...
National Survey of the Mining Population
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) conducted the first comprehensive survey of the U.S. mining population in more than 20 years. The National Survey of the Mining Population captured the current profile of the U.S. mining workforce. Data collection began in March 2008 and continued through August 2008. Randomly selected mining operations in all of the major mining sectors (i.e., coal, metal, nonmetal, stone, and sand and gravel) received the survey and had the option of completing a paper or web-based questionnaire. A total of 737 mining operations returned completed...
WorkSafeBC launches asbestos ‘hidden killer’ website
WorkSafeBC has launched the Hidden Killer website. The resource provides information on asbestos; where asbestos is found; the dangers of asbestos; how to handle asbestos; plus Understanding the impact of asbestos: the Paul Douglas story. Douglas, a boilermaker, was given three to six months to live when he was diagnosed with mesothelioma but survived for more than a decade and became an outspoken advocate for workplace safety and the dangers of asbestos in the workplace. Source : http://www.hiddenkiller.ca/
When Do You Take Refuge? Decisionmaking During Mine Emergency Escape Instructor´s Guide and Lesson Plans
This training program "When Do You Take Refuge? Decisionmaking during Mine Emergency Escape," was created by a multidisciplinary team at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to help trainees practice correct decisionmaking skills during an underground mine emergency. The training program consists of three parts. The first part is the computer-based training (CBT) program which can be used by groups or individual trainees. The CBT program is run on a computer (refer to the Computer System Requirements section) and uses a multimedia software application called...
Hazards arising from the conveyance and use of gas from Non-Conventional Sources (NCS)
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) recognises that there is increasing interest in the use of non-conventional source (NCS) gases and that conveyance of the gas from the source to the end user will be through the existing natural gas grid. All gas transported and used has to comply with the Gas Safety (Management) Regulations [GS(M)R] and this raises questions with regard to the suitability of the NCS gas within the network and the possible additional hazards that may result over and above those associated with natural gas. The HSE commissioned this study to review the available data on NCS...
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