Are Current Regulations For Mine Conveyance Safety Catches Relevant for the 21st Century?

CIM Montreal 2015
Mark Marenus Andersen (Horne Group)
This paper will begin by generally reviewing current existing Canadian jurisdictional safety dog regulations and standards, many in place since the 1960’s, related to Mine Hoisting Safety Catches.

These mining regulations will be compared to regulations covering vertical elevators and other related hoisting devices in several non-mining industrial applications with background to past and current regulations and current accepted practices in both areas.

Three main areas of focus in this paper will be:

1. To stimulate discussion on the advisability of updating Canadian jurisdictional safety dog regulations and standards in the area of Vertical Mine Conveyance to meet current higher levels of safety and operation productivity standards expected and required in the mining industry both here in Canada but in all mining jurisdictions globally.

2. To open up collaborative dialogue within all levels of the decision making process including operations, regulatory bodies and technology providers to facilitate the ongoing implementation of ‘Best Practices’ in all areas of Mine Vertical Conveyance Safety in today’s competitive Mining Industry.

3. Discussion on Improving human safety related to hoist rope severance and safety catch deployment to reduce deceleration rates to more acceptable human levels by replacing wood shaft guides with Steel shaft guides. Technical review to be presented. Drop Test Examples and results will be presented within this paper, as well, for background.
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