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Journal of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy

On-line version ISSN 2411-9717
Print version ISSN 2225-6253


HUSSAIN, I.; CAWOOD, F.T.  and  ALI, S.. Towards safer mining: scientific measurement approaches that could be applied for imaging and locating the buried container lamp-room at Lily mine. J. S. Afr. Inst. Min. Metall. [online]. 2018, vol.118, n.2, pp.185-192. ISSN 2411-9717.

When the crown pillar at Lily mine collapsed on 5 February 2016, a lamp-room in a container on surface was engulfed in the sinkhole that formed, trapping three miners who were in the lamp-room at the time. In situations like this, it is imperative to locate and rescue the missing miners before the window of opportunity to find them alive closes. The Wits Mining Institute (WMI) at the University of the Witwatersrand was requested to assist with suggestions, and a conceptual study was undertaken to identify techniques that were likely to be successful. Several techniques that have the potential to locate the position of the container were identified, but the typical noise in the form of steel objects, mine cavities, and a combination of broken and solid rock in a complex geographical and geomechanical environment will pose significant challenges.

Keywords : safety; leadership; human factors; human error; human behaviour; safety culture.

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