Ergonomic interventions at Vulcan Materials Company.
Torma-Krajewski-J; Hipes-C; Steiner-LJ; Burgess-Limerick-RJ
2007 SME Annual Meeting and Exhibit, February 25-28, Denver Colorado, Preprint 07-065. Littleton, CO: Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration, Inc., 2007 Feb; :1-4
Many mining companies apply ergonomic principles, but it is done either informally and/or reactively. Examples of an informal approach include replacing worn equipment, such as seats, with models that have ergonomic features, or modifying tasks to eliminate safety hazards that will also reduce risk factor exposures that may result in musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). A reactive approach is followed when modifying a task/equipment after an MSD occurs. Neither one of these approaches involves a systematic method of proactively applying ergonomic principles to actually prevent injuries or illnesses. This paper will discuss how Vulcan Materials Company applied ergonomic principles and the interventions implemented to reduce risk factor exposures.
Mining-industry; Safety-research; Injury-prevention; Ergonomics; Cumulative-trauma; Cumulative-trauma-disorders; Surface-mining; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Musculoskeletal-system
NIOSH Pittsburgh Research Laboratory, P.O. Box 18070, Pittsburgh, PA 15236
2007 SME Annual Meeting and Exhibit, February 25-28, Denver Colorado, Preprint 07-065