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Ergonomics action in mining, 1985-1989

The publication "Ergonomics Action in Mining" presents the results of ergonomics projects undertaken in the latter years of the 1980s and the first years of the 1990s, supported by the fifth programme of ergonomics for the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC) industries.

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The publication "Ergonomics Action in Mining" presents the results of ergonomics projects undertaken in the latter years of the 1980s and the first years of the 1990s, supported by the fifth programme of ergonomics for the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC) industries.

Action projects described in this publication deal with the ergonomic design of mining machinery, the design of informatic systems now being introduced in various aspects of mining, and ergonomic factors ancillary to coal production such as powered support systems, roof bolting and manual handling. There are also reports on underground illumination and hearing protection.

Several surface aspects of coal mining are touched upon, including an important study on access to bunkers. A report on risk perception and hazard awareness and the development of this concept into an ergonomic audit for the identification of safety hazards also appears in the publication.

These reports are drawn from the "Information Bulletin on Community Ergonomics Action", which has regularly published the results of the ECSC's 1985-1989 fifth programme of ergonomics. In editions 23-29 (December 1989-December 1992), the Bulletin reported on a total of 76 projects involving an overall ECSC financial contribution of ECU 15 million.

The complete collection is now brought together under two titles. The present 300-page, hard-bound volume describes 32 ergonomics action projects in the mining industry. A companion volume, "Ergonomics Action in the Steel Industry" is also available.

Source: Commission, DG XIII/D-2

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