Powered haulage safety, challenges, analysis, and solutions in the mining industry: a comprehensive review

Amin Moniri-Morad, Masoud S. Shishvan, Mario Aguilar, Malihe Goli, Javad Sattarvand*

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Satisfying safety issues plays a critical role in mining operations. Although the use of emerging technology became a new trend in preventing powered haulage hazards in the mining industry, these technologies themselves posed new hazards to the problem that are necessary to be identified, assessed, and managed together with common hazards. This study investigates the existing gaps in powered haulage safety to establish a comprehensive framework for conducting risk analysis procedures. To achieve this purpose, a literature search methodology is employed to recognize the most relevant resources and extract the essential information. The most critical hazards in powered haulage operations are identified and classified into main groups. Then, root causes and consequences are designated for these hazards, providing substantial elements for risk analysis, which serves as an effective hazard measurement. Afterward, an overview of popular risk analysis techniques applied in the mining industry is provided to establish a holistic risk analysis framework. Finally, available hazard management strategies are discussed as solutions for mitigating and preventing potential hazards. The study results demonstrated the importance of establishing comprehensive safety protocols, continuously upgrading the advanced technologies, regular training, and continuous risk assessment to mitigate and prevent fatal and non-fatal hazards in mining operations.

Original languageEnglish
Article number101684
Number of pages15
JournalResults in Engineering
Publication statusPublished - 2023


  • Autonomous haulage trucks
  • Mining potential hazards
  • Risk assessment
  • Risk management
  • Safety


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