A Multifaceted Approach to Enhanced Mining Wheel and Tire Safety

Publication Type: 
Conference Proceedings
Mobile Equipment

Presented, at the 2013 Mining Health and Safety Conference, by:

Weldon Li   
Ph.d Candidate    
Aleksander Tonkovich  
M.Sc Candidate     

Sante Dicecco 
M.Sc Candidate

University of Windsor


The failure of multi-piece wheel assemblies used with heavy mining vehicles has been the cause of a series of injuries and deaths in Canada, despite the regular safety training mining personnel undergo, and the level of skill each worker must possess. In collaboration with Workplace Safety North, numerous industrial partners and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board of Ontario, researchers at the University of Windsor have undertaken a comprehensive investigation to quantify the mechanical performance of multi-piece wheel assemblies for the purpose of enhancing equipment safety.