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Analysis of Occupational Accidents in Underground and Surface Mining in Spain Using Data Mining Techniques

Version 1 : Received: 24 January 2018 / Approved: 24 January 2018 / Online: 24 January 2018 (19:40:52 CET)

How to cite: Sanmiquel, L.; Bascompta, M.; Rossell, J.M.; Anticoi, H.; Guash, E. Analysis of Occupational Accidents in Underground and Surface Mining in Spain Using Data Mining Techniques. Preprints 2018, 2018010231 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201801.0231.v1). Sanmiquel, L.; Bascompta, M.; Rossell, J.M.; Anticoi, H.; Guash, E. Analysis of Occupational Accidents in Underground and Surface Mining in Spain Using Data Mining Techniques. Preprints 2018, 2018010231 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201801.0231.v1).

Abstract

An analysis of workplace accidents in the mining sector has been done using the database from the Spanish administration between the period 2005-2015 and applying data mining techniques. Data has been processed by means of the software Weka. Two scenarios were chosen regarding the accidents database, surface and underground mining. The most important variables involved in occupation accidents and their association rules have been determined. These rules are formed by several predictor variables that cause an accident, defining its characteristics and context. This study exposes the 20 most important association rules of the sector, either surface or underground mining, based on statistical confidence levels of each rule obtained by Weka. The outcomes display the most typical immediate causes with the percentage of accident basis of each association rule. The most typical immediate cause is body movement with physical effort or overexertion and type of accident is physical effort or overexertion. On the other hand, the second most important immediate cause and type of accident change in both scenarios. Data mining techniques have been proved as a very powerful tool to find out the root of the accidents, apply corrective measures and verify their effectiveness, either for public or private companies.

Subject Areas

Data mining; Association rules; Previous Cause; Type of Accident; Overexertion

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