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Ergonomics in mining: ergonomic intervention strategies.
Appl Occup Environ Hyg 1992 Jan; 7(1):14-16
Occupationally related musculoskeletal injuries pose a significant problem to the mining industry, and ergonomics can help to reduce the costs associated with these injuries. Mines can institute committees to solve ergonomic problems. These committees should include representatives from management, the labor force, the medical department, and an occupational safety and health specialist. Various analysis techniques, such as job safety analysis, task analyses, material handling flowcharts, and preliminary hazards analysis, can be used to identify ergonomic problems in and around a mine. Once hazards have been identified, then solutions can be formulated and implemented. The preferred strategy is to redesign the job by eliminating the hazard, removing the worker from exposure, or mechanizing the task. If these strategies are not feasible, then the job should be designed so that it can be performed within the workers' capabilities. After any ergonomic solution is implemented, a follow-up analysis should be performed to ensure the effectiveness of the change and to guard against the introduction of any new ergonomic or safety hazards. Physical fitness programs and training can be used to supplement job redesign. By effectively instituting sound ergonomic implementation strategies, the costs associated with musculoskeletal disorders can be reduced.
Mining-industry; Mine-workers; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Ergonomics; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Materials-handling; Manual-materials-handling; Manual-lifting
OP; Journal Article
Issue of Publication
Applied Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
Page last reviewed: April 12, 2019
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division