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Mine Rescue for the Future Underground

Smart mining allows the industry to meet current and future challenges. The corresponding solutions include digital networking, automation and robotics. Mine rescue also benefits from this development – as well as from the further developments in functionality and ergonomics of established solutions such as closed-circuit breathing apparatus. The mine rescue team of the Swedish mining company Luossavaara-Kiirunavaara AB (LKAB) may ...

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Innovation on Suspended Monorail Locomotives for Underground Coal Mine Applications – a Project Overview

Suspended monorail locomotives are an important mining equipment for the transport of personnel and material in underground coal mines in Europe. A wide variety of diesel-driven or battery-electric locomotives are available. The EU-funded research projects BUSDUCT and HEET II conceptualized two alternative methods of electric power supply for suspended monorail locomotives. The BUSDUCT project envisions a suspended monorail locomotive that ...

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A Contribution to the Reduction of Occupational Accidents with Mobile Vehicles in the Raw Materials Industry

Digitization is increasingly modifying all process levels in the raw material industry, starting from processes, in which the interaction between man and machine is becoming increasingly important to the management section. Despite the technological advances, the rate of accidents between vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-human has increased in the past few years. This drastic increase is due to a number of factors, ...

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Playing Dangerously with Fire

The protective devices of a machine are intended to protect the persons working there from hazards. Nevertheless, these devices are repeatedly dismantled, bypassed or otherwise rendered inoperative. Occupational safety experts assume that around a quarter of all occupational accidents on stationary machines occur solely because of this. The German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV), Berlin, provides information and asks for assistance ...

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Do You Actually Know … the BAUZ Info Cards?

Many tasks in the company are actually pure routine. Things like the regular inspection of work equipment, cleaning work on machines and systems or the use of forklift trucks are part of everyday work. To ensure that daily work is carried out safely and smoothly and that accidents do not result from carelessness, ignorance, convenience or time pressure, the German ...

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New Contaminant Exposure Limits – and the Challenges this Poses for Taking Dust Measurements at the Workplace

Significantly lower air contamination thresholds have not only meant greater responsibility for employers in assessing the potential release of hazardous substances as part of the risk analysis and the health and safety  documentation process but have also introduced higher standards for estimating exposure levels. One problem is that the performance limits of the measurement and analysis equipment make it difficult ...

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Basic Principles of Explosion Protection

While explosions are fortunately quite rare, if they do happen the consequences are usually serious – explosions are among the five most frequent causes of fatal accidents. It is therefore extremely important to prevent their occurrence and, if that is not possible, at least to limit their impact and contain their spread. 1  How does an explosion occur? The four  ...

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Mine Rescue Services in Germany after the End of Hard Coal Mining

With the decline in domestic hard coal production and its termination at the end of 2018, and the subsequent transition to post-mining, the number of mine rescuers in this mining branch has dropped from almost 1,000 around ten years ago to fewer than 300 in 2020. In the German non-coal mining sector, the reduction in numbers has been less pronounced ...

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Milestone Set – Gap Closed

Many member companies of the German Social Accident Insurance Institution for the Raw Materials and Chemical Industry (BG RCI) with its headquarter in Heidelberg use processing machinery and plants for raw materials, from crushing, milling and screening of raw material in quarries to the recycling of construction material (Figure 1). Serious, sometimes fatal, accidents are a recurring issue in, and ...

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Elimination of Cyclone Blockages in a Cement Works – Reaching Effective Protective Measures with a Risk Assessment

The work required for the elimination of cyclone blockages is among the most dangerous in the process of cement production. Based on the example presented here, the risk and stress assessments that are at the centre of all occupational safety measures are explained step by step. Particular attention is thereby paid to the assessment of the residual risk, which nevertheless ...

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