February 2010
Volume 62    Issue 2

Real-time assisted driving in openpit mining operations using Google Earth

Mining Engineering , 2010, Vol. 62, No. 2, pp. 21-21
Nieto, Antonio; Sun, Enji; Li, ZhongXue


According to the analysis of surface powered haulage accidents involving off-highway haul trucks in openpit mining, the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), reported 1,300 fatal accidents from 1990 to 2005. Of these, 163 were considered offhighway truck haulage accidents, and at least 23 involved collisions of an off-highway truck with a neighboring vehicle or a worker on foot (Nieto and Dagdelen, 2006). In general, an average of 18 nonfatal accidents and three fatal accidents occurred in openpit mining per year when equipment backed over the edge of an embankment, stockpile or dump point (Fessak, et al., 2003).

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