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Ergonomic design guidelines for underground coal mining equipment.
Conway EJ; Unger R
Advances in industrial ergonomics and safety II. Das B, Mital A, eds. Philadelphia, PA: Taylor and Francis, 1990 Jun; 2:811-818
An ergonomic/human factors design review of operational underground coal mining equipment was conducted under a U. S. Bureau Of Mines funded project (Conway and Unger, 1989a, 989b). The objectives of this study included: (a) assessment of the extent to which ergonomic and maintainability design concepts are incorporated into current lining equipment design, (b) the identification of ergonomic design deficiencies contributing to maintenance injuries and costs, and (c) the preparation of an ergonomic based maintainability design guide specifically for underground coal mining equipment. A survey of mining machines in nine large (over 1 million tons per year) and smaller (150,000 to 1,000,000 tons) U. S. lines operating in high seam (over 142 cm) and low seam (76cm to l42cm) coal was completed. The sample included conventional, continuous, and long wall operations. The survey included the following categories of equipment: shuttle cars, scoops, roof bolters, continuous miners, long wall systems, undercut machines, face drills, utility vehicles, and personnel carriers.
Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Ergonomics; Human-factors-engineering; Coal-workers; Coal-miners; Coal-mining; Underground-miners; Miners; Mining-industry; Mining-equipment; Equipment-design; Equipment-operators; Equipment-reliability
U.S. Bureau of Mines, P.O. Box 18070, Pittsburgh, PA, 15236
Das B; Mital A
Advances in industrial ergonomics and safety II. Proceedings of the Annual International Industrial Ergonomics and Safety Conference held in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 10-13 June 1990. The Official Conference of the International Foundation for Industrial Ergonomics and Safety Research
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