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Escape from a Mine Fire: Emergent Perspective and Work Group Behavior.

Authors
Vaught-C; Wiehagen-WJ
Source
J Appl Behavioral Sci 1991 Dec; 27(4):452-474
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
10011428
Abstract
Fire (destructive burning on a scale that threatens serious harm) is an important sociotechnical problem. This article analyzes miner responses to a 1988 coal mine fire from a symbolic interaction perspective. Lengthy qualitative interviews were conducted with 21 miners caught in the blaze studied. The data show that workplace culture (e.g., the buddy system) conditions participant responses to a fire emergency and, in the case of miners, largely facilitates their efficient and effective escape to safety. The orientation shift away from routine work behavior into the short-term perspective associated with an emergency is problematic. Theoretical implications for organizational behavior and practical implications for mine safety are discussed.
Publication Date
19911201
Document Type
OP;
Fiscal Year
1992
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
OP 177-92
Issue of Publication
4
NIOSH Division
PRC;
Source Name
J. Appl. Behavioral Sci., V. 27, No. 4, Dec. 1991, PP. 452-474
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