Risk Assessment of Safety Violations for Coal Mines
This article presents an application of a risk assessment approach in characterising the risks associated with safety violations in underground bituminous mines in Pennsylvania using the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) citation database. The MSHA database on citations provides an opportunity to assess risks in mines through scrutiny of violations of mandatory safety standards. In this study, quantitative risk assessment is performed, which allows determination of the frequency of occurrence of safety violations (through associated citations) as well as the consequences of them in terms of penalty assessments. Focus is on establishing risk matrices on citation experiences of mines, which can give early indication of emerging potentially serious problems. The resulting frequency, consequence and risk rankings present valuable tools for prioritising resource allocations, determining control strategies, and could potentially contribute to more proactive prevention of incidents and injuries. © 2010 Taylor & Francis.
M. Orsulak et al., "Risk Assessment of Safety Violations for Coal Mines," International Journal of Mining, Reclamation and Environment, Taylor & Francis, Jan 2010.
The definitive version is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17480931003654901
Mining and Nuclear Engineering
Keywords and Phrases
Coal Mines; Pennsylvania; Risk Assessment; Safety; Standard Citations
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