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Implementation of an ergonomics process at a US surface coal mine.

Authors
Torma-Krajewski-J; Steiner-L; Lewis-P; Gust-P; Johnson-K
Source
Int J Ind Ergonom 2007 Feb; 37(2):157-167
NIOSHTIC No.
20031731
Abstract
Since 1990 and the publication of the Ergonomics Program Management Guidelines for Meatpacking Plants by the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration, numerous reports of companies implementing ergonomics program have been published. However, despite these numerous reports, no examples of implementing an ergonomics program in the mining industry have been reported. In 2000, NIOSH initiated a long-term project to demonstrate the implementation of an ergonomics process designed to identify and reduce exposures to ergonomic risk factors found in mining. The mine selected for this project was the Jim Bridger Mine, a surface coal mine located 35 miles northeast of Rock Springs, Sweetwater County, WY. This paper discusses how a large, Surface coal mine implemented an ergonomics program and the lessons learned while doing so.
Keywords
Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Injuries; Mining-industry; Surface-mining; Coal-mining; Ergonomics
Contact
NIOSH Pittsburgh Research Laboratory, P.O. Box 18070, Pittsburgh, PA 15236
Publication Date
20070201
Document Type
Journal Article
Fiscal Year
2007
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
2
ISSN
0169-8141
NIOSH Division
PRL
Source Name
International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics
State
PA; WY
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