Partnering for successful ergonomics: a study of musculoskeletal disorders in mining.
Steiner-LJ; James-P; Turin-F
2003 SME Annual Meeting, Feb 24-26, Cincinnati, Ohio, Preprint 03-118. Littleton, CO: Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration, Inc., 2003 Feb; :1-5
NIOSH researchers and an industry partner conducted an investigation to study the effectiveness of ergonomic interventions in mining. The study required a significant commitment of time and resources from the cooperating site, Bridger Coal Company. This paper focuses on some of the challenges faced by the researchers and their cooperator. Challenges included the need to redesign methods of identifying and prioritizing injuries, and the need to train the workforce in ergonomics while still maintaining progress and interest in the process. The authors discuss some practical interventions implemented by Bridger Coal to date, and discuss future research implications brought about by PacifiCorp's Generation Business Unit, who monitored the project to determine whether an employee-owned ergonomic process could be implemented throughout their operations.
Ergonomics; Mining-industry; Occupational-hazards; Occupational-safety-programs; Work-environment; Work-analysis
Research Tools and Approaches: Intervention Effectiveness Research
2003 SME Annual Meeting, Feb 24-26, Cincinnati, Ohio, Preprint 03-118