Development and quantification of a dust reduction program in longwall mining at metropolitan colliery - a case study

Plush, Brian, Ting, Ron, Risk, Ken, and Maggs, Brian (2013) Development and quantification of a dust reduction program in longwall mining at metropolitan colliery - a case study. In: Proceedings of the 6th International Symposium on Green Mining. pp. 404-408. From: The 6th International Symposium on Green Mining, 24-26 November 2013, Wollongong, NSW, Australia.

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Harmful respirable dust produced during longwall mining is a major concern for production, safety and the health of workers in the underground coal mining sector both in Australia and globally, Longwall personnel are exposed to harmful dust from multiple dust generation sources including, but not limited to intake entry, belt entry, stageloader/cnisher, shearer, shield advance and dust ingress from falling goal or over pressurisation of the goal the increase in production created from the advancement in longwall equipment, dust loads have significantly increased and this has resulted in a potentially greater exposure level to personnel. Metropolitan Colliery, located at Helensburgli in NSW, Australia, in conjunction with the University of Wollongong, P11/116 Laboratories and EnviroCon, has implemented a dust reduction program Utilising a recently developed Dust Mitigation Efficiency Model to quantify dust loads produced during the cutting cycle. With the quantification of.this benchmark dust load production along with the quantification of installed control efficiencies at independent sources of dust generation, Metropolitan Colliery, with the installation of the latest shearer scrubber technology has successfully reduced the respirable dust levels in excess of 70% of benchmark levels on their operating Iongwali This reduction will have a significant and immediate positive effebt on employees, production and operating costs which will be maintained throughout the life of the mine.

Item ID: 59023
Item Type: Conference Item (Presentation)
Date Deposited: 25 Aug 2021 23:19
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111705 Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety @ 50%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1102 Cardiovascular Medicine and Haematology > 110203 Respiratory Diseases @ 50%
SEO Codes: 85 ENERGY > 8502 Mining and Extraction of Energy Resources > 850201 Coal Mining and Extraction @ 50%
92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920407 Health Protection and/or Disaster Response @ 50%
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