The health and safety benefits of new technologies in mining: a review and strategy for designing and deploying effective user-centred systems

Horberry, Tim (2012) The health and safety benefits of new technologies in mining: a review and strategy for designing and deploying effective user-centred systems. Minerals, 2 4: 417-425. doi:10.3390/min2040417


Author Horberry, Tim
Title The health and safety benefits of new technologies in mining: a review and strategy for designing and deploying effective user-centred systems
Journal name Minerals   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2075-163X
Publication date 2012-10
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3390/min2040417
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 2
Issue 4
Start page 417
End page 425
Total pages 9
Place of publication Basel, Switzerland
Publisher M D P I AG
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract Mining is currently experiencing a rapid growth in the development and uptake of automation and other new technologies (such as collision detection systems); however, they are often developed from a technology-centred perspective that does not explicitly consider the end-user. This paper first presents a review of the technologies currently available (or near-market) and the likely human factors issues associated with them. The second part of the paper presents a potential long term strategy for research and development that aims to maximise the safety and health benefits for operators of such new technologies. The strategy includes a four stage research and development process, this covers: better understanding the needs for technology, user requirements and risk/cost analysis; human element design, procurement and deployment processes; evaluation and verification of the strategy; and dissemination of it to relevant stakeholders (including equipment manufacturers, mine site purchasers and regulators). The paper concludes by stressing the importance of considering the human element with respect to new mining technologies and the likely benefits of adopting the type of strategy proposed here. The overall vision is for mining to become safer and healthier through effective user-centred design and deployment of new technologies that serve both operator needs and the demands of the workplace.
Keyword Ergonomics
New technologies
Human element
User-centred
Automation
Safe design
Mining occupational health
Human factors
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Minerals Industry Safety and Health Centre Publications
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Created: Thu, 15 Nov 2012, 11:27:07 EST by Dr Tim Horberry on behalf of Minerals Industry Safety and Health Centre