NOISE AND VIBRATION: MINE WORKERS EXPOSURE IN QUEBEC UNDERGROUND MINES

World Mining Congress
Underground mine workers are continuously exposed to many sources of noise and vibration in carrying out their tasks. Even though the vibration and sound level of some mining equipment is documented, it was found that this information is not readily available for many pieces of equipment and that it is not considered when choosing equipment or planning tasks. As well, health problems related to vibration and noise are among the main causes of work-related compensations in mines. Considering those facts and although no Canadian regulations could force employers to limit the exposure of their workers to vibration, the Société de recherche et développement minier (SOREDEM) decided to address the problem by including vibration among their research priorities.
Keywords: vibration; Noise; Equipment; Mining equipment; Mines; Mine; Mines; Systems; Health; Canadian;
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