Ergonomic interventions at Unimin.
Porter-W; Mayton-A; O'Brien-A
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
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.
Mining-industry; Underground-mining; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Ergonomics; Injury-prevention
NIOSH Pittsburgh Research Laboratory, P.O. Box 18070, Pittsburgh, PA 15236
2007 SME Annual Meeting and Exhibit, February 25-28, Denver Colorado, Preprint 07-068