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The miner, his job and his environment: a review and bibliography of selected recent research on human performance.

Fried C; Forbes VM; Giles KP; Mumford SJ; Petersen RD; Robertson EM; Cornog JR
Minneapolis, MN: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, OFR 27-72, 1972 Apr; :1-192
As one of the early steps in carrying out the provisions of the Coal Mine Health and Safety Act passed by Congress in 1969, the Bureau of Mines commissioned the behavioral sciences group at the National Bureau of Standards to conduct a survey of the state of the art in ergonomics (human factors) as it has been applied to mining. The group carried out an extensive search of both foreign and domestic published literature in ergonomics. About 1,200 references were located and 49 were abstracted on the following topics: effects of environmental stress on health and productivity; accident prevention measures that have been shown to be effective; protective clothing and equipment; the man-machine relationship in the mining situation; effective training programs for safety and work; effect of informal social organization in underground operations; all aspects of the effect of the physical environment upon the miner; and psychological principles that may have been applied to mine problems. The report concludes that little work has been done on the human factors of mining in the United States.
Mining; Human factors engineering; Safety; Accident prevention; Mining engineers; Working conditions; Health; Reviews; Bibliographies; Human behavior; Miners
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CP; Final Contract Report
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OFR 27-72; Contract-HO122019
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Minneapolis, MN: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, OFR 27-72
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National Bureau of Standards
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