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Mining in low coal. Volume I: biomechanics and work physiology.
Ayoub MM; Bethea NJ; Bobo M; Burford CL; Caddel DK
Pittsburgh, PA: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, Contract H0387022, 1981 Nov; :1-175
The objectives of this research were (1) to evaluate the job demands associated with low coal mining; (2) to survey the anthropometry, strength, and aerobic capacity of low coal miners to determine if they differ from the U.S. population; and (3) to recommend, on the basis of available information, optimal job and work station design for low coal mining. The male and female anthropometry, except for weight and circumferential dimensions, was quite similar to the comparison populations. Back strength for male and female miners was significantly lower than the industrial worker population. This can be one of the contributing factors of low back problems in mining. Shoveling, timbering, and helpers tasks were physiologically demanding activities. However, because of the frequent stoppage of work, adequate rest was usually available. If work stoppage is corrected, then better work and rest schedules are essential.
Coal mining; Males; Females; Anthropometry; Job analysis; Physiology
CP; Final Contract Report
NTIS Accession No.
OFR 162(1)-83; Contract-H0387022
Pittsburgh, PA: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, Contract H0387022
Texas Tech University
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