Assessing Small Underground: Coal Mines for High Safety-Related Risk
In 2008, the authors developed a methodology for identifying underground coal mines at high risk for major-hazard events. It focused on major hazard-related violations of safety standards associated with high-risk conditions. Later, using a sample of 103 mines with 2008 and 2009 data, injury measures and U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) citation data were combined into a safe performance index (SPI). The SPI was used to assess the relative safety-related risk of mines, including by mine-size category. In this paper, comparisons are made of SPI-associated, normalized safety performance measures across mine-size categories, with emphasis on small-mine safety performance as compared to large and medium-sized mines.
H. Kinilakodi and R. L. Grayson, "Assessing Small Underground: Coal Mines for High Safety-Related Risk," Mining Engineering, Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration Inc. (SME), Jan 2011.
Mining and Nuclear Engineering
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