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Fall from equipment injuries in U.S. mining: Identification of specific research areas for future investigation.

Authors
Moore-SM; Porter-WL; Dempsey-PG
Source
J Saf Res 2009 Dec; 40(6):455-460
NIOSHTIC No.
20036210
Abstract
Introduction: The objective of this study was to evaluate the circumstances leading to fall from equipment injuries in the mining industry. Method: The 2006 and 2007 Mine Safety and Health Administration annual injury databases were utilized for this study whereby the injury narrative, nature of injury, body part injured, mine type, age at injury, and days lost were evaluated for each injury. Results: The majority of injuries occurred at surface mining facilities (approximately 60%) with fractures and sprains/strains being the most common injuries occurring to the major joints of the body. Nearly 50% of injuries occurred during ingress/egress, predominately during egress, and approximately 25% of injuries occurred during maintenance tasks. The majority of injuries occurred in relation to large trucks, wheel loaders, dozers, and conveyors/belts. The severity of injury was independent of age and the median days lost was seven days; however, there was a large range in severity. Impact on industry: From the data obtained in this study, several different research areas have been identified for future work, which include balance and stability control when descending ladders and equipment design for maintenance tasks.
Keywords
Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Accident-statistics; Equipment-design; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Mine-workers; Mining-industry; Occupational-hazards; Occupational-safety-programs; Risk-factors; Safety programs; Statistical-analysis; Work-areas; Work-environment; Work-operations; Work-practices; Author Keywords: Mining; Fall from equipment; Ingress/egress; Maintenance
Contact
Susan M. Moore, CDC/NIOSH, Pittsburgh Research Laboratory, 626 Cochrans Mill Road, PO Box 18070, Pittsburgh, PA 15236
CODEN
JSFRAV
Publication Date
20091201
Document Type
Journal Article
Fiscal Year
2010
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
6
ISSN
0022-4375
NIOSH Division
PRL
Priority Area
Construction; Mining
Source Name
Journal of Safety Research
State
PA
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