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(mining engineering)
The frame at the top of a shaft, on which is mounted the hoisting pulley. Also known as gallows; gallows frame; headstock; hoist frame.
The shaft frame, sheaves, hoisting arrangements, dumping gear, and connected works at the top of a shaft. Also known as headgear.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



a structure that houses mine-shaft hoisting equipment. Headframes are differentiated according to the materials from which they are made (wood, metal, reinforced-concrete, or mixed types) and the number of hoisting machines (one, two, or three) and their arrangement relative to the shaft (parallel to the shaft, at an angle, or in the headframe). Metal and wooden headframes, usually of a tent-shaped system, are a three-dimensional construction in the form of a truncated pyramid with sloping walls. Reinforced-concrete headframes are usually erected in the form of a tower 80-100 m high, in which the hoisting machinery is located.


Andreev, V. E. Proektirovanie, stroitel’stvo i ekspluatatsiia bashennykh koprov. Moscow, 1970.
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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They would note the same basic elements at each site: the entrance to the mine (often with a headframe to house the hoist), the mill where valuable ore was at least partially separated from the worthless rock, a dump where unmarketable debris was discarded, a general store or business district, an owner's or manager's mansion, supervisors' homes, workers' cabins, and perhaps also a church or school.