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Volume 71    Issue 8

If the technology fits: an evaluation of mobile proximity detection systems in underground coal mines

Mining Engineering, 2019, Vol. 71, No. 8, pp. 59-62
Swanson, LaTasha R.; Bellanca, Jennica L.


ABSTRACT:

Proximity detection systems (PDSs) for mobile machines have the potential to decrease injuries and fatalities. Early adopters of the technology identified some challenges, which presents an opportunity to explore and improve the integration of mobile PDSs in underground coal mines. This research study applied the task-technology fit framework to investigate the fit between mobile PDS technology and mining relative to health and safety from the perspective of leaders at two coal mines. Quantitative results from the study show that mine leaders evaluated mobile PDSs favorably for training and ease of use, system feedback, user authorization and experience, and less favorably for safety, compatibility, task completion and reliability. Qualitative results reveal specific task, mine and system characteristics that may have influenced the leaders’ evaluations. The study includes considerations and suggestions for safe technology integration.



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