Identification of the causes of injuries based on occupational risk assessment maps at the open-pit coal

It is common knowledge that open-pit mining prevails over underground mining, being used in extracting more than 80 per cent of all mineral resources mined in the world. At the same time, the rate of mineral extraction at coal strip mine on the territory of Russia continues to increase steadily. The complexity of mining technologies and mining conditions lead to an increase in the level of exposure of workers to hazards, and therefore it is necessary to constantly improve systems aimed at protecting against hazards. It is possible to reduce industrial injuries by introducing a modern approach to improving the production environment, taking into account the consideration of the specifics of individual jobs, including within the framework of occupational risk management systems. The result of the research work is the compiled maps of occupational risk assessment for the main technological operations in the Russian section, on the basis of which the main causes of injuries were identified, as well as approaches to solve the identified problems. The identification and elimination of factors leading to the development of dangerous and emergency situations, even in the early stages of their origin, will allow controlling the risk of injury during work. This can positively affect the microclimate in the team and the image of the mining company as a whole.

Keywords: Mining enterprise, coal strip mine, OSH management system, occupational risk map, injuries, employee training and education, occupational safety criterion, Elmery Index.
For citation:

Gridina E. B., Borovikov D. O. Identification of the causes of injuries based on occupational risk assessment maps at the open-pit coal. MIAB. Mining Inf. Anal. Bull. 2022;(6— 1):114—128. [In Russ]. DOI: 10.25018/0236_1493_2022_61_0_114.


The research was performed at the expense of the subsidy for the state assignment in the field of scientific activity for 2021 №FSRW-2020—0014.

Issue number: 6
Year: 2022
Page number: 114-128
ISBN: 0236-1493
UDK: 622.8
DOI: 10.25018/0236_1493_2022_61_0_114
Article receipt date: 14.01.2022
Date of review receipt: 30.05.2022
Date of the editorial board′s decision on the article′s publishing: 10.05.2022
About authors:

Gridina E. B., Cand. Sci. (Eng.), Associate professor,, Saint Petersburg Mining Uiversity, 199106, Saint Petersburg, Vasilievsky Island, 21 line, 2, Russia,;
Borovikov D. О., Research assistant,, Saint Petersburg Mining University, 199106, Saint Petersburg, Vasilievsky Island, 21 line, 2, Russia,


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Gridina E. B., e-mail:


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