Analysis of fatalities and injuries involving mining equipment

William Arthur Groves, V. J. Kecojevic, D. Komljenovic

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Abstract

Introduction: Despite significant reductions, the number of injuries and fatalities in mining remains high. A persistent area of concern continues to be equipment-related incidents. Method: Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) and Current Population Survey (CPS) data were used to examine equipment-related injuries over the period 1995-2004. Incidents were reviewed to determine which types of mining equipment were most often involved and to identify and characterize trends. Results: Non-powered hand tools was the equipment category most often involved with non-fatal injuries while off-road ore haulage was the most common source of fatalities. Summary: Younger employees had an elevated risk of injury while workers > 55 years had an elevated risk for fatality. A large majority of incidents involve workers with < 5 years experience. Impact on Industry: Results should increase hazard awareness and enable mine management to select and prioritize problem areas and safety system weaknesses in both underground and surface mining.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)461-470
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Safety Research
Volume38
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 24 2007

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Mining equipment
Hand tools
Open pit mining
Security systems
Ores
Hazards
Health
Personnel
Industry

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  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality

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Groves, William Arthur ; Kecojevic, V. J. ; Komljenovic, D. / Analysis of fatalities and injuries involving mining equipment. In: Journal of Safety Research. 2007 ; Vol. 38, No. 4. pp. 461-470.
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In: Journal of Safety Research, Vol. 38, No. 4, 24.09.2007, p. 461-470.

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