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Injury risk to those who operate bulldozers at mining sites.

Wiehagen WJ; Mayton AG; Jaspal JS; Turin FC
National Safety Council Newsletter 2002 Aug; :1-4
There are a number of injury risks faced by those who operate off-highway equipment at surface coal, metal, and nonmetal mines. Research was conducted by NIOSH, Pittsburgh Research Lab to describe serious injuries sustained by dozer operators while doing common production tasks at mining sites. Serious injuries are those that resulted in either a fatality or lost-time injury. The injury data was obtained from accident records compiled by the Mine Safety and Health Administration. Eight hundred and seventy-three injury records (1988-97) were examined. These injuries resulted in 18 fatalities and 31,866 lost workdays. This article describes the key findings from this study along with a brief description of the method used to code and classify the accident data. This information could be useful to help safety professionals learn more about the kinds of specific injury risk faced by those who operate dozers and to explore ways to reduce the risk of injury. BFrom 1993 through 1997, there was a notable reduction (30%) in the number of serious injuries to dozer operators while performing common production tasks at surface mines. These safety improvements are in comparison to the baseline period (1988-1992).
Injuries; Risk-factors; Risk-analysis; Mining-industry; Mining-equipment; Miners; Metal-mining; Coal-mining; Coal-miners; Machine-operators; Machine-operation; Occupational-hazards; Occupational-accidents; Accidents; Accident-statistics; Accident-rates; Accident-analysis; Traumatic-injuries; Surface-mining; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders
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