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Mining is an economic sector with a high number of accidents. Mines are hazardous places and workers can suffer a wide variety of injuries. Utilizing a database composed of almost 70,000 occupational accidents and fatality reports corresponding to the decade 2003–2012 in the Spanish mining sector, the paper analyzes the main causes of those accidents. To carry out the study, powerful statistical tools have been applied, such as Bayesian classi¿ers, decision trees or contingency tables, among other data mining techniques. Statistical analyses have been performed using Weka software and behavioral patterns based on certain rules have been obtained. From these rules, some conclusions are extracted which can help to develop suitable prevention policies to reduce injuries and fatalities.
CitationSanmiquel, L.; Rossell, Josep M.; Vintro, C. Study of Spanish mining accidents using data mining techniques. "Safety science", Juny 2015, vol. 75, p. 49-55.
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