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Reducing back injuries in low-coal mines: redesign of materials- handling tasks.

Authors
Gallagher-S; Bobick-TG; Unger-RL
Source
Pittsburgh, PA: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, IC 9235, 1990 Jan; :1-33
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
10007382
Abstract
This report describes research by the Bureau of Mines on alternative materials-handling strategies for reducing the costs and incidence of back injuries in low-seam coal mines. Strategies recommended for redesigning materials-handling tasks include elimination of tasks, mechanization of tasks, and matching lifting tasks to the physical capabilities of underground miners. The report also discusses other methods that can be used by management to reduce the costs associated with back injuries.
Keywords
Backache; Coal mining; Design criteria; Human factors engineering; Injuries; Materials handling; Musculoskeletal disorders; Occupational safety and health; Prevention; Safe handling; Traumatic disorders; Vertebrae
Publication Date
19900101
Document Type
IH; Information Circular
Fiscal Year
1990
NTIS Accession No.
PB90-265620
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
IC-9235
NIOSH Division
PRC
Source Name
Pittsburgh, PA: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, IC 9235
State
PA
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