Study of the Use of Personal Equipment in Low Coal. Experiments on Personal Equipment for Low Seam Coal Miners. II. Dexterity, Protection and Performance With Padded Gloves. Phase II, Report No. 2.
Krohn-GS; Sanders-MS; Volkmer-K; Et Al
NTIS: PB/82-218157 :31 pages
The objective of this study was to determine the optimal personal equipment design for use in low coal based on ergonomic, biomechanic, and safety considerations. This report investigates the effects of adding a layer of extra padding to the palm area of leather gloves typically worn by low seam coal miners. The first study showed that added glove padding provides more potential protection but does not affect manual dexterity. The second study, in a simulated low seam coal mine, showed no significant differences using padded and nonpadded gloves in crawling, shoveling, timbering, and cart pushing task completion times. In general, the workers preferred the padded gloves although they expressed some complaints about awkwardness and loss of sensitivity. It is recommended that the design for padded gloves provide comfort, protection, and maximum hand sensitivity.
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