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Ergonomic interventions at Unimin.

Authors
Porter-W; Mayton-A; O'Brien-A
Source
2007 SME Annual Meeting and Exhibit, February 25-28, Denver Colorado, Preprint 07-068. Littleton, CO: Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration, Inc., 2007 Feb; :1-4
NIOSHTIC No.
20031719
Abstract
In 2004, management at Unimin's Gleason, TN operation began implementing ergonomic interventions specifically targeted to reduce risk of musculoskeletal injuries (MSIs). Together with corporate and site management, Unimin identified work site hazards and began to modify work practices/equipment. Some interventions were relatively simple and were implemented immediately. Others, like improvements to a mobile shredder, were more complex but were eventually resolved through a participatory approach with employees, management, manufacturers and NIOSH. This paper discusses ergonomic interventions that were successfully implemented using a bottom-up approach to reducing the risk of injury.
Keywords
Mining-industry; Underground-mining; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Ergonomics; Injury-prevention
Contact
NIOSH Pittsburgh Research Laboratory, P.O. Box 18070, Pittsburgh, PA 15236
Publication Date
20070225
Document Type
Conference/Symposia Proceedings
Fiscal Year
2007
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
NIOSH Division
PRL
Source Name
2007 SME Annual Meeting and Exhibit, February 25-28, Denver Colorado, Preprint 07-068
State
PA; VA; CO
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