Incorporating judgment and decisionmaking into quarterly mine escape training based on a mine fire scenario.
Brnich MJ Jr.; Hall EE
Pittsburgh, PA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2014-101 (RI 9692), 2013 Nov; :1-16
The major coal mine disasters of 2006 raised a number of issues about mine emergency preparedness and response. These included concerns about miners' judgment and decision-making skills under the stress of a mine escape and miners' familiarity with escape procedures. In response, researchers from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) sought to learn how mines are incorporating judgment and decision-making skills into mine escape training. They took an in-depth look at previous research on judgment and decision-making in self-rescue and escape training. They also conducted interviews with safety and training personnel from six underground coal operations to understand how mine operators are conducting mandatory quarterly escape training. This report discusses findings from these interviews, presents an analysis of previous research on judgment and decision-making in self-rescue and escape, and offers guidance to trainers on how to build judgment and decision-making into quarterly training drills.
Mining-industry; Coal-mining; Training; Underground-mining; Mine-disasters; Mine-fires; Mine-escapes; Emergency-response; Decision-making
Numbered Publication; Report of Investigations
NTIS Accession No.
DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2014-101; RI-9692; M112013
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health