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Accidents due to Rope Haulages

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Accidents due to Rope Haulages and the Safety precautions

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Accidents due to Rope Haulages

  1. 1. Accident due to Rope Haulages By Arvind Kumar Singh Area Training Officer, Nagpur Area, WCL
  2. 2. Transport operations account for roughly One third of all fatal accidents and one fifth of all serious Accidents in the Mines
  3. 3. In Underground Mines <ul><li>Rope haulage System Accounts for a major share of the Accidents. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Majority of rope haulage System in our Mines.. <ul><li>Slow in Operation </li></ul><ul><li>Labour Intensive </li></ul><ul><li>Low Capacity. </li></ul><ul><li>Inherently hazardous . </li></ul>
  5. 5. Main causes of accident due to rope haulages and their remedial measures:
  6. 6. Cause No.1: Runaway of tubs due to breakage of rope, failure of attachment to rope, failure of coupling, defective couplings, Draw bars etc. <ul><li>Remedial Measures : </li></ul><ul><li>Proper selection of rope and its maintenance. </li></ul><ul><li>Approved design of rope capel, couplings, draw bars etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Periodical inspection systematic, maintenance of records. </li></ul><ul><li>Immediate replacement of worn out and defective pieces. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Cause No-2 : Non-provision or non-functioning of Safety devices required statutory . <ul><li>Remedial Measures : </li></ul><ul><li>Stop blocks, runaway switches, drags, Jazz rail and manholes must be provided as required. </li></ul><ul><li>Strong Buffer at the dip end. </li></ul><ul><li>Stop block and runaway switch should be intercoupled. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Cause No.3 Traveling along haulage roadways <ul><li>Remedial Measures </li></ul><ul><li>Unauthorised traveling should be strictly prohibited. </li></ul><ul><li>Traveling roadways - short and in intake air, alignment not to be changed frequently. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Clause No.4 : Set riding, persons riding on the buffer of the tub or the rope. <ul><li>Remedial Measures : </li></ul><ul><li>Strict Vigil and suitable punishment to the defaulters. </li></ul><ul><li>Highlight such person’s name </li></ul>
  10. 10. Cause No.5 : Uncontrolled movement of tubs <ul><li>Remedial Measures </li></ul><ul><li>Suitable warning system during the uncontrolled Movement. </li></ul><ul><li>While lowering tubs, the drum of direct rope haulage should Not be unclutched. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Cause No.6 : Derailment and rerailment of tubs. <ul><li>Remedial Measures </li></ul><ul><li>Regular inspection – bad patches in the track – </li></ul><ul><li>Immediately corrected. </li></ul><ul><li>Use tub rerailers. </li></ul><ul><li>Unwanted persons at rerailing side should be removed. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Cause No.7: Poor construction of Curves requiring trammers to hand On to guide them round bends <ul><li>Remedial Measures: Haulage Curves should be - </li></ul><ul><li>Properly designed and constructed </li></ul><ul><li>Correct Super elevation </li></ul><ul><li>Proper Fixing of Check Rails </li></ul>
  13. 13. Cause No.8 : Coupling and uncoupling of tubs <ul><li>Remedial Measures: </li></ul><ul><li>Tub Buffers with adequate projections (> 10cm) </li></ul><ul><li>Tubs not be coupled or uncoupled on an Inclined track. </li></ul><ul><li>Use sprags or blocked by other means. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Cause No.9 : Putting or withdrawing sprags, breakage of sprags may cause accident. <ul><li>Remedial Measures: </li></ul><ul><li>Sprags should be made of hard wood or Steel pipes. </li></ul><ul><li>A shield should be provided on the sprags to prevent the hand getting into wheel. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Why the Rope Haulages Accidents ? <ul><li>REASONS: </li></ul><ul><li>Standard of installation and maintenance of track is very poor. </li></ul><ul><li>Not straight, gradient change abruptly. </li></ul><ul><li>No proper drainage of water. </li></ul><ul><li>Not correct gauge. </li></ul><ul><li>Sleepers quality not good. </li></ul><ul><li>Ballasting is not done. </li></ul><ul><li>Points and crossings are badly made. </li></ul><ul><li>Curves are incorrectly set. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Some Other Remedial Measures.. <ul><li>Runaway tubs - needs engg. Solution </li></ul><ul><li>Install power creepers for handling the tubs in bye. </li></ul><ul><li>Retarders for holding runaway tubs. </li></ul><ul><li>Wheel Lockers for parking. </li></ul><ul><li>Development of sensitive brakes on the mine car itself. </li></ul>
  17. 17. <ul><li>Thank You </li></ul>Thank You

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