November 2007
Volume 59    Issue 11

Methods for determining roof fall risk in underground mines

Mining Engineering , 2007, Vol. 59, No. 11, pp. 47-47
Iannacchione, A.; Prosser, L.; Esterhuizen, G.; Bajpayee, T.


Reducing the number of roof fall injuries is a goal of the NIOSH mine safety research program. Central to this effort is the development of assessment techniques to help identify the nature of the risks associated with working under potentially hazardous roof conditions. This paper discusses a method to determine the roof fall risk using a qualitative risk-analysis technique. The ability to determine roof fall risk has been a long-standing goal of safety professionals and could provide the kind of information needed by on-site personnel responsible for worker safety to mitigate roof fall injuries.

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