New Mesh Invention Promises to Improve Mine Safety

11 April 2010 (Last Updated April 11th, 2010 18:30)

The University of Western Australia has invented a technology that could protect miners from underground rock blasts and improve overall safety conditions. A high-energy absorbing mesh made of recycled scrap metal, designed by the university, can act as a barrier to protect miners from un

The University of Western Australia has invented a technology that could protect miners from underground rock blasts and improve overall safety conditions.

A high-energy absorbing mesh made of recycled scrap metal, designed by the university, can act as a barrier to protect miners from underground rock blasts.

University of Western Australia inventor professor Yves Potvin said the technology could protect miners working in tough conditions in the Goldfields and Pilbara.

The mesh system has a higher probability rate of sustaining rock blasts unlike the usual ground support which commonly fails causing fatalities.

The university will collaborate with a company specialising in mining technology to market the product, according to ABC News.