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Ergonomic interventions at Vulcan Materials Company.

Authors
Torma-Krajewski-J; Hipes-C; Steiner-L; Burgess-Limerick-R
Source
Min Eng 2007 Nov; 59(11):54-58
NIOSHTIC No.
20032970
Abstract
Although many mining companies apply ergonomic principles, it is usually done either informally and/or reactively. An example of an informal approach is replacing worn equipment (such as seats) with models that have ergonomic features. Another example is modifying a task to eliminate safety hazards. Such approaches reduce risk-factor exposures that can lead to musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). A reactive approach is followed when modifying a task/ equipment after an MSD occurs. However, neither of these approaches involves a systematic method of proactively applying ergonomic principles to actually prevent injuries or illnesses. This paper discusses how Vulcan Materials Company applied ergonomic principles and implemented interventions to reduce risk-factor exposures.
Keywords
Mining-industry; Safety-research; Injury-prevention; Ergonomics; Cumulative-trauma; Cumulative-trauma-disorders; Surface-mining; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Musculoskeletal-system; Physiological-factors; Physiological-function; Safety-practices
Contact
NIOSH Pittsburgh Research Laboratory, P.O. Box 18070, Pittsburgh, PA 15236
CODEN
MIENAB
Publication Date
20071101
Document Type
Journal Article
Fiscal Year
2008
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
11
ISSN
0026-5187
NIOSH Division
PRL
Source Name
Mining Engineering
State
PA
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