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Document ID (ISN)112181
CIS number 11-0885
ISSN - Serial title 1545-9624 - Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
Year 2009
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Torma-Krajewski J., Wiehagen W., Etcheverry A., Turin F., Unger R.
Title Using ergonomics to enhance safe production at a surface coal mine - A case study with powder crews
Bibliographic information Oct. 2009, Vol.6, No.10, p.D55-D62. 4 ref.
Internet access Using_ergonomics.pdf [in English]
Abstract Job tasks that involve exposure to work-related musculoskeletal disorder (WMSD) risk factors may impact both the risk of injury and production downtime. Common WMSD risks factors associated with mining tasks include forceful exertions, awkward postures, repetitive motion, jolting and jarring, forceful gripping, contact stress, and whole body and segmental vibration. Mining environments that expose workers to temperature/humidity extremes, windy conditions, and slippery and uneven walking surfaces also contribute to injury risk. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) researchers worked with powder crew members from a coal mining company to identify and rank routine work tasks based on perceived exposure to WMSD risk factors. This article presents the process followed to identify tasks that workers believed involved the greatest exposure to risk factors and discusses risk reduction strategies. Specifically, the proposed prill truck design changes addressed cab ingress/egress, loading blast holes and access to the upper deck of the prill truck.
Descriptors (primary) USA; manual handling; opencast work; musculoskeletal diseases; ergonomics; coal mining; risk factors
Descriptors (secondary) ergonomic evaluation; job study; public OSH institutions
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Mines and quarries
Ergonomics and work organization
Materials handling and storage
Broad subject area(s) Physiology, ergonomics
Browse category(ies) Mining and quarrying