A Methodology for Assessing Underground Coal Mines for High Safety-Related Risk
In 2008 the authors developed a methodology for assessing underground coal mines for high risk for major-hazard events. It focused on major hazard-related violations of safety standards associated with high-risk conditions. Later using the same stratified pilot sample of 31 mines, injury measures and MSHA citation data were combined into a Safe Performance Index (SPI). Using 2009 data, the database was expanded to 107 mines, which is a 30% sampling of all underground coal mines. The SPI was used to assess the relative safety-related risk of mines, including by mine-size category. The methodology can be used to assist companies, the Mine Safety and Health Administration, or state agencies in targeting mines with high risk for serious injuries and elevated citations for remediation of their violation and/or injury experience.
H. Kinilakodi and R. L. Grayson, "A Methodology for Assessing Underground Coal Mines for High Safety-Related Risk," Safety Science, Elsevier, Jan 2011.
The definitive version is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ssci.2011.02.007
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