Reducing Risks associated with Mining Equipment

Reducing Risks associated with Mining Equipment


Assessing and managing the injury risks associated with mining equipment has been another long standing program of research at MISHC. Prof. Jim Joy's ACARP funded work on the human factors issues associated surface mining equipment stimulated the creation in 2006 of the Earth Moving Equipment Safety Round Table (, a collaborative organisation supported by 14 international mining companies with the common goal of assisting mining equipment manufacturers reducing injury risks through improvements in equipment design.

Other past projects conducted by MISHC staff have resulted in a range of publications including two editions of a handbook titled "Reducing injury risks associated with underground coal mining equipment" ( and a CRC press book titled "Human Factors for the Design Operation and Maintenance of Mining Equipment"

Other projects have involved the use of virtual environments for addressing human factors issues associated with mining equipment in collaboration with the School of Human Movement Studies. Work continues in collaboration with EMESRT (including development of the EMERST Design Evaluation for Equipment Procurement process, and with NIOSH Office of Mine Safety and Health Research.

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