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Document ID (ISN)77312
CIS number 01-1509
ISSN - Serial title 0271-3586 - American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Year 2000
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Bell J.L, Gardner L.I., Landsittel D.P.
Title Slip and fall-related injuries in relation to environmental cold and work location in above-ground coal mining operations
Bibliographic information July 2000, Vol.38, No.1, p.40-48. Illus. 38 ref.
Abstract The association between slip and fall-related injuries and environmental temperature was examined for enclosed, outdoor and enclosed-outdoor jobs in the coal mining industry having varying exposure to cold temperatures. Temperature data were evaluated from 1985-1990 for seven states. Proportionate methods were used to examine the relationship between slips and falls and temperature. Proportionate injury ratios of slips and fall-related injuries increased as temperature declined for all three work locations. Proportion of slips and fall-related injuries that occurred while running/walking increased with declining temperature, with the ground outside as the most common source of these injuries. Outside movement becomes a greater hazard at freezing temperatures for workers in all locations, not just outdoor workers. Any intervention methods geared toward reducing injury incidents facilitated by cold weather must also be directed toward workers who spend time in more enclosed locations.
Descriptors (primary) falls of persons; cold workplaces; coal mining; injuries
Descriptors (secondary) USA; outdoor work; frequency rates; statistical evaluation; slippery floors
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Mines and quarries
Broad subject area(s) Physical hazards
Browse category(ies) Heat and cold
Mining and quarrying