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Introduction of innovative equipment in mining: Impact on occupational health and safety

Bryan Boudreau-Trudel, Sylvie Nadeau, Kazimierz Zaras and Isabelle Deschamps

Article (2014)

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Occupational health and safety in mining has clearly improved in developed countries over the past twenty years, but accidents and illness still occur with unacceptable frequency. The arrival of new mining equipment, bigger, more powerful and complex and requiring a higher skill level appears also to increase certain specific risks of accident and work-related illness. The objective of this paper is to examine the impact of new equipment on occupational health and safety in underground mining. The injury rate associated with eight equipment introduction projects was examined. The results show clearly that the introduction of new equipment with technological innovations does not automatically reduce the injury rate. The new equipment may even generate a higher injury rate than the equipment it replaced. Ergonomic deficiencies were noted in some of the new equipment. We suggest that future research focus on identifying the mechanisms and conditions that determine injury rate following the acquisition of innovative as means of improving occupational health and safety in mining. Successful implementation of new mining equipment appears to depend on the specific conditions of use.

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Innovation; Mining Equipment; Occupational Health and Safety; Mines

Subjects: 1600 Industrial engineering > 1600 Industrial engineering
1600 Industrial engineering > 1606 Operations management
Department: Department of Mathematics and Industrial Engineering
Funders: Fonds de recherche du Québec sur la nature et les technologies (FRQNT), Fondation de l’Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue (FUQAT), École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS)
PolyPublie URL: https://publications.polymtl.ca/4803/
Journal Title: Open Journal of Safety Science and Technology (vol. 4, no. 1)
Publisher: Scientific Research Publishing inc.
DOI: 10.4236/ojsst.2014.41007
Official URL: https://doi.org/10.4236/ojsst.2014.41007
Date Deposited: 14 Jul 2021 11:02
Last Modified: 06 Apr 2024 09:12
Cite in APA 7: Boudreau-Trudel, B., Nadeau, S., Zaras, K., & Deschamps, I. (2014). Introduction of innovative equipment in mining: Impact on occupational health and safety. Open Journal of Safety Science and Technology, 4(1), 49-58. https://doi.org/10.4236/ojsst.2014.41007

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