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Economic consequences of mining injuries.

Authors
Camm-T; Girard-Dwyer-J
Source
Min Eng 2005 Sep; 57(9):89-92
NIOSHTIC No.
20029446
Abstract
Direct costs, such as medical, legal, administrative and worker's compensation costs, property damage, lost earnings and lost benefits, are typically used to compute the economic impacts of occupational injuries. However, there are also a number of less obvious, indirect costs that substantially contribute to the overall costs. In fact, for every $1 of direct costs an estimated $3 to $5 of indirect costs are also incurred. This paper presents a systems approach that incorporates engineering, economics, psychology and sociology to evaluate the total value of investments in safety. By studying the interrelated system comprised of injured workers, their families and coworkers, as well as the organizational structure that was the setting for the incident, a methodology can be developed that will more accurately capture the true costs of mine injuries.
Keywords
Injuries; Miners; Mine-workers; Mining-industry; Occupational-health; Occupational-hazards; Psychology; Sociology; Sociological-factors; Psychological-factors; Engineering; Workers
CODEN
MIENAB
Publication Date
20050901
Document Type
Journal Article
Fiscal Year
2005
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
9
ISSN
0026-5187
NIOSH Division
SRL
Source Name
Mining Engineering
State
WA
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