Ergonomic interventions at Vulcan Materials Company.
Torma-Krajewski-J; Hipes-C; Steiner-L; Burgess-Limerick-R
Min Eng 2007 Nov; 59(11):54-58
Although many mining companies apply ergonomic principles, it is usually done either informally and/or reactively. An example of an informal approach is replacing worn equipment (such as seats) with models that have ergonomic features. Another example is modifying a task to eliminate safety hazards. Such approaches reduce risk-factor exposures that can lead to musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). A reactive approach is followed when modifying a task/ equipment after an MSD occurs. However, neither of these approaches involves a systematic method of proactively applying ergonomic principles to actually prevent injuries or illnesses. This paper discusses how Vulcan Materials Company applied ergonomic principles and implemented interventions to reduce risk-factor exposures.
Mining-industry; Safety-research; Injury-prevention; Ergonomics; Cumulative-trauma; Cumulative-trauma-disorders; Surface-mining; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Musculoskeletal-system; Physiological-factors; Physiological-function; Safety-practices
NIOSH Pittsburgh Research Laboratory, P.O. Box 18070, Pittsburgh, PA 15236