Methods to minimize injuries in materials-handling and processes in underground mines.
Stewart-B; Patton-PW; Clark-CC
2002 SME Annual Meeting and Exhibit, February 25-27, 2002, Phoenix, Arizona, Preprint 02-103. Littleton, CO: Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration, Inc., 2002 Feb; :1-10
Handling materials in underground mines continues to be a major safety problem. To help reduce materials-handling injuries, researchers at the Spokane Research Laboratory of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health are investigating those materials-handling tasks in underground mines that appear to generate a high number of injuries. Data from the Mine Safety and Health Administration for the years 1989-1999 were studied to find out if there were any trends in materials-handling accidents and if so, to determine what tasks were involved and the sources of injuries. Several underground coal and metal mines were visited to document innovative materials-handling technologies. Considerations for safety training and mechanization needs for continued reduction in materials-handling injuries are described.
Mining-industry; Underground-mining; Materials-handling; Materials-handling-equipment; Manual-materials-handling; Manual-lifting; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Coal-miners; Coal-mining; Metal-mining; Engineering-controls
Spokane Research Laboratory, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health E. 315 Montgomery, Spokane, WA 99207
2002 SME Annual Meeting, Feb 25-27, Phoenix, Arizona, preprint 02-103