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Chile rescue operation spurs development of innovative mine safety boot

NewsID:272    Datetime:2011-02-15

Industrial footwear specialist Bata Industrials reports that the recent operation in Chile, in which 33 miners were rescued from a collapsed mine in the Atacama desert, presented the company with an opportunity to innovate its conventional safety boot, which is commonly used in mining applications.For workers, it is one of the standards in health and safety that they wear safety boots. Safety boots are steel-toe boots that are also known as safety toe boots, steel-capped boots or safety shoes.

Bata Industrials says that, during the rescue operation, the trapped miners had a list of requests that were presented to the authorities leading the safety aspect of the rescue effort.A country’s economy includes several sectors or industries that evolved in successive phases. It consists of the economic system of a country, the labor, capital and land resources, and the economic agents that socially participate in the production, exchange, distribution and consumption of goods and services of that area.

One request, which many thought was impossible to meet, was for safety boots. The boots had to fit down the 700-m rescue probe shaft, which measured 80 mm in diameter.

Bata Industrials took up the challenge and was able to construct a full leather, steel-toe-cap and rubber-sole safety boot. The technical team worked hard at taking a conventional safety boot and deconstructing it to analyse each component.

All components of the safety boots needed to be collapsible in order to fit down a long narrow tube that reached the miners. The final solution came with the construction of the boot in two parts.

Part one of the innovation involved the redesign of the inner sock, which was created using a breathable membrane designed to help the miners prevent fungal infections on their feet. This new inner sock also incorporated the metal safety toe cap.

Part two involved the leather upper and sole, which featured hydrofugated leather with high water resistance and flexible rubber out- soles of the safety boots.

magnetic bearings, in which the load is carried by a magnetic field; flexure bearings, in which the motion is supported by a load element which bends; and angular contact bearing.The components were tightly wrapped in a strong plastic film, which was sent down the probe tube along with fitting and assembly instructions.

 

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