Reducing back injuries in low-coal mines: redesign of materials- handling tasks.
Gallagher S; Bobick TG; Unger RL
Pittsburgh, PA: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, IC 9235, 1990 Jan; :1-33
This report describes research by the Bureau of Mines on alternative materials-handling strategies for reducing the costs and incidence of back injuries in low-seam coal mines. Strategies recommended for redesigning materials-handling tasks include elimination of tasks, mechanization of tasks, and matching lifting tasks to the physical capabilities of underground miners. The report also discusses other methods that can be used by management to reduce the costs associated with back injuries.
Backache; Coal mining; Design criteria; Human factors engineering; Injuries; Materials handling; Musculoskeletal disorders; Occupational safety and health; Prevention; Safe handling; Traumatic disorders; Vertebrae
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Pittsburgh, PA: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, IC 9235