Development Of A New Operator Visibility Assessment Technique For Mobile Equipment

Bhattacherya, I.
Organization: The Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy
Pages: 6
Publication Date: Jan 1, 2006
Over the last three decades, the mining industry has been moving towards underground mechanized mining methods and the number of load haul dump (LHD) vehicles utilized has increased. The growth of mechanization and automation has benefited both workers and mining companies. However, due to the design constraints with LHD vehicles and the limitations of the operating environment, restrictions to operator visibility has contributed to a number of accidents, including fatal injuries. Past researchers have used the light filament technique to collect obscuration zones around mobile equipment and have produced 2D visibility charts (shadow diagrams) of this information. The light filament method involves manually collecting visibility data, which results in errors and is time consuming, requiring around three hours to complete. This research utilizes a MENSI GS100 laser scanner along with 3D modelling software (3Dipsos) to collect and process operator visibility profiles for underground mobile equipment. Results from this test work indicate that a laser scanner can be successfully used to rapidly collect this data and utilize this information for improved mobile equipment design from a visibility perspective. Nomenclature FERIC Forest Engineering Research Institute of Canada ISO International Organization for Standardization JACK Software for digital human modelling and ergonomics LHD Load haul dump vehicle LOS Line of sight MASHA Mines and Aggregates Safety and Health Association (based in Ontario, Canada) PVD Polar visibility diagram SAMMIE3D human modelling computer aided ergonomics design system WSIB Workplace Safety and Insurance Board
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