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Back strength and lifting capacity of underground miners.
Human engineering and human resources management in mining. Proceedings: Bureau of Mines Technology Transfer Seminar held at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on July 7-8, 1987; St. Louis, Missouri, July 15-16, 1987; and San Francisco, California, July 21-22, 1987. Pittsburgh, PA: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, IC 9145, 1987 Jul; :21-32
The Bureau of Mines is conducting research to establish recommendations for reducing the incidence and cost of back injuries due to manual materials-handling (MMH) activities in low-seam coal mines. Typically, 55 to 60 pct of all back injuries suffered in the mining industry are a result of overexertion during manual lifting tasks. While many lifting studies have been performed relating to other industrial environments, few studies have addressed the unique stresses of lifting in the low-coal mining environment. This paper summarizes Bureau research that has examined the physiological, biomechanical, and psychophysical stresses associated with lifting in the restricted working postures used by miners in low-coal mines. The implications of the findings of these 2-yr studies are discussed, and preliminary recommendations for lifting in low-seam coal are presented.
Mining-industry; Underground-mining; Underground-miners; Mine-workers; Coal-mining; Coal-miners; Back-injuries; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Materials-handling; Manual-materials-handling; Ergonomics; Biomechanics; Physiological-stress
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Human engineering and human resources management in mining. Proceedings: Bureau of Mines Technology Transfer Seminar held at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on July 7-8, 1987; St. Louis, Missouri, July 15-16, 1987; and San Francisco, California, July 21-22, 1987
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