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Mining in low coal. Volume I: biomechanics and work physiology.

Authors
Ayoub MM; Bethea NJ; Bobo M; Burford CL; Caddel DK
Source
Pittsburgh, PA: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, Contract H0387022, 1981 Nov; :1-175
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
10003119
Abstract
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.
Keywords
Coal mining; Males; Females; Anthropometry; Job analysis; Physiology
Publication Date
19811101
Document Type
CP; Final Contract Report
Fiscal Year
1982
NTIS Accession No.
PB83-258160
NTIS Price
A09
Identifying No.
OFR 162(1)-83; Contract-H0387022
NIOSH Division
PRC
Source Name
Pittsburgh, PA: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, Contract H0387022
State
TX; PA
Performing Organization
Texas Tech University
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