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Predicting system interactions in the design process.

Authors
Steiner-L; Cornelius-K; Turin-F
Source
Am J Ind Med 1999 Sep; 36(S1):58-60
NIOSHTIC No.
20000824
Abstract
It was evident that operators had adapted to the visibility and positioning difficulties of remote control operation but, in some cases, at the expense of health and safety. If this system change from on-board to remote operation had been investigated from a more global view including technical as well as human factors issues, some of these issues could have been resolved prior to implementation. It would have been easy to predict such problems as the visibility restrictions and that the illumination system on the remote mining machine would need to be changed. Many industries other than mining can use this approach to evaluate current and new design. If human factors are ignored until after major decisions have been made, it is difficult to make ore than minor changes. Simply put, the earlier human factors get involved in a design process, the better, and the safer the outcome will be (Chapanis, 1996).
Keywords
Mining-industry; Mine-safety; Work-environment; Ergonomics; Underground-coal-mining; Occupational-health; Safety-measures
Contact
Lisa Steiner, NIOSH/Pittsburgh Research Center, P.O. Box 18070, Pittsburgh, PA 15236
CODEN
AJIMD8
Publication Date
19990901
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
lns6@cdc.gov
Fiscal Year
1999
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
ISSN
0271-3586
NIOSH Division
PRL
Source Name
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
State
PA
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