Participatory ergonomics case study: coal handling train crew operations

Lynas, D. and Burgess-Limerick, R. (2013) Participatory ergonomics case study: coal handling train crew operations. Ergonomics Australia, 10 1: 1-11.

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Author Lynas, D.
Burgess-Limerick, R.
Title Participatory ergonomics case study: coal handling train crew operations
Journal name Ergonomics Australia
ISSN 1033-1875
Publication date 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 10
Issue 1
Start page 1
End page 11
Total pages 11
Place of publication Baulkham Hills, NSW, Australia
Publisher Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Background: Musculoskeletal disorders associated with manual tasks are a common cause of injury across a number of industries. Almost three-quarters of all serious workers' compensation claims in 2010 -2011 across all Australian industries were the result of injury, with sprains and strains accounting for 42% of all serious claims. Mechanisms involving muscular stress while handling objects resulted in 32% of all serious injuries. These injuries are often complex with multiple contributing factors including the environment, task characteristics, and individual factors influencing the mechanism of injury. While not all manual tasks are high risk, effective manual task risk management requires identification of hazardous tasks followed by assessment of the degree and source of risk associated with the task before effective controls can be implemented to either eliminate or reduce the risk.

Aim: This paper describes a project undertaken at a rail coal handling facility.

Method: A participatory ergonomics process was implemented to enable management to better understand the issues surrounding work methods and equipment used by work crews and how these events may be contributing to current and potential workplace injury risks.

Conclusion: This paper describes the project and presents the risk assessments undertaken and potential control measures identified.
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Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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Created: Wed, 11 Dec 2013, 13:23:57 EST by Dr Robin Burgess-limerick on behalf of Minerals Industry Safety and Health Centre