Human factors of high technology mining.
New Technology in Mining Health & Safety: Proceedings of the Symposium held at the SME Annual Meeting, Phoenix, Arizona, February 24-27, 1992. Khair AW, ed., Littleton, CO: Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration, 1992 Feb; :287-295
New technologies confront mining organizations with unprecedented human factors challenges. Likely problem areas range from the design of the human-machine interface to the design of work groups and mine organizational structures. However, these human design considerations are commonly ignored in most industries, resulting in a failure rate of 75 pct for advanced technology programs. The U.S. Bureau of Mines is addressing these concerns through a program of research on the human side of high-technology mining systems. Interviews with mining industry participants and researchers have identified concerns in several areas, including training and equipment design. Although new mining technologies promise to improve overall safety by relocating miners away from hazardous areas, data from accident reports and other sources suggest that certain types of new hazards may be created. Many of these new hazards can be reduced through a systems approach to ergonomic design of equipment, tasks, and work processes. This evidence, combined with reviews of high-technology human-machine systems in other industries, can help in the design of safe and efficient future mining technologies.
Mining-industry; Human-factors-engineering; Ergonomics; Mining-equipment
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New Technology in Mining Health & Safety: Proceedings of the Symposium held at the SME Annual Meeting, Phoenix, Arizona, February 24-27, 1992