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Human factors contributing to groundfall accidents in underground coal mines: workers' views.
Peters RH; Wiehagen WJ
Proceedings of the 18th Annual Institute on Coal Mining Health, Safety and Research, Blacksburg, Virginia, August 25-27, 1987. Faulkner G, Sutherland WH, Forshey DR, Lucas JR, eds., Blacksburg, VA: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1987 Aug; :137-148
The paper presents findings from a Bureau of Mines study on barriers that may prevent miners from correcting, and avoiding, groundfall hazards. Such barriers stem from four basic types of problems: inability to recognize groundfall hazards; inability to correct groundfall hazards; lack of motivation to search for groundfall hazards; and lack of motivation to correct groundfall hazards. Data are presented that summarize the views of miners, section supervisors, and mine inspectors about the contribution of these barriers to groundfall accidents, and what they think should be done to reduce the frequency of injuries sustained by falls of roof and rib. The paper also includes a summary of miners' responses concerning their recent experiences with groundfall accidents.
Mine-workers; Mineral-processing; Miners; Mining-industry; Coal-miners; Coal-mining; Coal-workers; Underground-miners; Underground-mining; Ground-stability; Ground-control; Hazards; Accident-statistics; Accident-prevention; Accident-analysis; Traumatic-injuries; Injury-prevention; Injuries; Statistical-analysis
Faulkner G; Sutherland WH; Forshey DR; Lucas JR
Proceedings of the 18th Annual Institute on Coal Mining Health, Safety and Research, Blacksburg, Virginia, August 25-27, 1987
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