Recent Innovations for Slope Development

Burgess, Tim
Organization: International Conference on Ground Control in Mining
Pages: 5
Publication Date: Jan 1, 2011
Patton Mining, LLC and J.H. Fletcher Company recently collaborated and mechanized the sometimes hazardous, and always labor intensive, process of installing standing steel supports during the construction of a slope entry of a new mine. The new innovation is a beam setting machine design that can lift and maneuver heavy steel beams into place over and around the belt and vent tubing. In addition, the machine is designed with an integral double extending lifting work platform to allow workers a stable work area from which to install metal sheeting between the beams. The previous method to install the heavy steel supports and the steel sheeting included multiple workers lifting heavy loads frequently on stepladders. This paper will inform the reader of how Patton?s major goal to develop the safest, most continuous slope development process possible was achieved and the beam setting machine that evolved from the project.
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