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dc.contributor.author Teleka, SR
dc.contributor.author Green, JJ
dc.contributor.author Brink, S
dc.date.accessioned 2012-02-28T14:17:22Z
dc.date.available 2012-02-28T14:17:22Z
dc.date.issued 2011-07
dc.identifier.citation Teleka, SR, Green, JJ and Brink, S. The automation of the "making safe" process in South African hard-rock underground mine. 26th International Conference on CADCAM, Robotics & Factories of the Future 2011, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 26-28 July 2011 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10204/5611
dc.description 26th International Conference on CADCAM, Robotics & Factories of the Future 2011, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 26-28 July 2011 en_US
dc.description.abstract In South African hard-rock mines, best practice dictates that the hanging-walls be inspected after blasting. This process is known as ‘making safe’ and although intended to save lives, it is laborious and subjective. Pressure is placed on the barrer (inspector) to conduct the test quickly and efficiently as daily operations can only continue after the area has been declared safe. The process involves the barrer tapping the potentially loose rock mass with a sounding bar, listening to and assessing the generated acoustics, and deciding whether it is intact or loose. For a loose rock mass, the barrer would either bar it down or support it. For the purposes of this report, only the ‘making safe’ process is considered. It is highly dangerous and limits the critical decision making to the experienced barrer. Fatality rates due to falls of ground (FOG) can be reduced by implementing a simple tool that will give consistent results in the ‘making safe’ exercise. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Workflow;8223
dc.subject Mining en_US
dc.subject Hard-rock en_US
dc.subject Fall of ground (FOG) en_US
dc.subject Narrow tabular ore-body (stope) en_US
dc.subject Rock mass stability en_US
dc.subject South African hard-rock mines en_US
dc.subject Underground mine safety en_US
dc.title The automation of the "making safe" process in South African hard-rock underground mine en_US
dc.type Presentation en_US


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