Behavioral Aspects of Roof/Rib Injuries--Implications for Training Utilizing Stereoscopic Photography

Barrett, Edward A.
Organization: International Conference on Ground Control in Mining
Pages: 8
Publication Date: Jan 1, 1986
A significant number of injuries resulting from fa118 of roof and rib may be avoided by modifying the reactive behavior of miners as they encounter potentially hazardous ground conditions. In 1984-85, the Bureau investigated barriers which prevent miners from recognizing and correcting groundfall hazards. One basic problem from which these barriers originate is the inability of miners to recognize dangerous roof and rib conditions. This study is a report of experimental research on the use of stereo scopic (3-D slides for presenting visual cues associated with hazardous roof and rib conditions. Findings reveal that, in comparison to conventional slides, 3-D provides for significantly greater hazard recognition among both experienced and inexperienced miners. Details such as the presence of t cracks and gaps in the surrounding rock are more accurately and realistically perceived. Acceptance by the mine training community has been affirmative and is additionally encouraged by the fact that 3-D slides stimulate trainees' overall interest.
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