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An analysis of job stress in coal mining.

Authors
Althouse-R; Hurrell-JJ Jr.
Source
NIOSH 1977 May; :1-143
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00074594
Abstract
A sample of 486 miners and mine foremen employed in 29 mines in 9 states was investigated via the NIOSH Occupational Environment Questionnaire to determine whether job stresses would be a real hazard to their psychological well-being. The hypotheses used in the research were that: mines exhibiting high rates of accidents adversely affected the experiences and attitudes of their employees; job stressors produced occupational stress and affected the psychological status of the miners; and greater psychological strain resulted in more reported illness among the miners. Interest in the effect of accident rates among miners stemmed from the likelihood that high rates would increase the difficulty of performing work tasks or affect interpersonal relations, and that there would be a predisposition toward health problems associated with an escalated accident rate in a mine. Evidence indicated that job stresses clustered together and had identifiable effects on responses among miners. When a comparison was drawn with an national occupational sample in which a cluster of stressors among low status jobs had been identified, miners reported no greater job stress, but indicated significantly more affective strains - anxiety, depression, irritation, somatic complaints - than workers in a number of other blue-collar jobs. Among miners, perceived stressors and work load features of jobs were reflected in the relationship between conflicting role demands and relations with supervisory personnel. Poor relations with foremen and conflicting role demands fed dissatisfaction and encouraged worker discontentment. Results also showed that underground coal miners reported a substantial amount of strain, and those who did were more likely to report problems with their health.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; Mining-industry; Safety-attitude; Psychological-factors; Psychological-stress; Accident-prevention; Accident-proneness; Emotional-stress; Morbidity; Emotional-disorders; Human-engineering; Industrial-psychology
Publication Date
19770501
Document Type
Numbered Publication
Fiscal Year
1977
NTIS Accession No.
PB-274796
NTIS Price
A08
Identifying No.
(NIOSH) 77-217
NIOSH Division
DBBS
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
OH
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