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CDC - Mining Topic - Ergonomics and MSD Prevention - NIOSH

CDC - Mining Topic - Ergonomics and MSD Prevention - NIOSH | Quest 2 | Scoop.it
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Center for disease control and prevention (CDC) is a recognized organisation, that through there Office of Mine Safety and Health Research (OMSHR) have analysed the topic of ergonomics and MSD prevention. MSd injuries among miners can be very common as there jobs generally require a lot of repetitive jobs. This should be something that individuals are aware of, if they work in the mining industry in some capacity.

 

 This site contains valuable information about the prevalence of MSD injuries in mining and refers to study's that support their claims. It would be beneficial for an individuals such as Cain who works ion this industry, to be aware of MSD injuries and the impacts of them. I found this page to be very informative and it has potential to educate and make mining personnel more informed about MSD injuries. 

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Shift Work and Sleep

Are you a shift worker? Shift workers often don't get enough sleep because of their long or late hours. Find out how you can get more sleep so you can perform better at your job.
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Shift Work is an integral part of mining and due to the dangerous occupation that mining is, it is an important issue. Rosters worked by miners can very in length, duration and alternate from day to night. This is why sleep is important, to ensure the operators and personnel are not at risk of increased errors which could lead to accidents. This highlights the need for decent sleep patterns of shift workers and very much apply's to the mining industry.  As it does emergency services, law enforcement and security personnel, who are identified in the article. 

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All Jurisdictions | CanOSH

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Out of my five family/friends, I chose to focus on Number two Cain. Working overseas the OHS legislation and frame work is different too Australia's. This link is to the Home page of Occupational Health and Safety for Canada. Providing all necessary OHS framework, legislation and links to useful websites the could be beneficial to Cain.

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Quest 2- Heath Fletcher

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Heath is another one of my cousins and he is a trade qualified butcher.. There are significant hazards associated with being a butcher and if an accident occurs in their workplace it's not good. Anyway some hazards her deals with on a daily basis:

 

 

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Butchering as  an occupation can be very dangerous, this is why they require a number of PPE items, including jeans, large boots, proper shirt, Steel gloves and apron. These items are necessary to prevent possible injuries resulting from a slip of a knife or using a bone saw or feeding a mincer.. Over heaths career he's had a few close calls but due to the PPE in place no serious injuries have occurred in their business.  

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Quest 2- Keith Douglas

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Keith Douglas is a 49 year old male, who has spent the last 23years working in coal mines and a trade qualified Fitter and Turner & CHPP operator/maintainer, he is also my dad. He as worked in the coal mining industry for nearly half is life and over the span of his career he has had to deal with a number of different hazards.

 

 

           

Cassie Douglas's insight:

Coal mining is a hazardous industry and workers are exposed to a range of different hazards. These hazards are the ones that dad has been exposed too..

 

Air hazards- Working on a open cut mine site, they are subject to the exposure to harmful gases. These gases arise from seams of coal that are located meters below the surface, which have been exposed. In the mine that dad work in, gases became as issue and as a result all vehicles and personnel where fitted with breath apparatuses and gas reading devices.

 

Noise hazards- There is a noise hazard associated with this job as a Coal handling Preparation Plant (CHPP) can be very noisy. There is potential for hearing damage to occur if the proper safety precautions are not implemented. Ear plugs where on source of safety controls.

 

Electrical hazards- There is also the risk of electrical hazards as CHPP require an energy source. Large electricity Sub stations of located on site in the CHPP area.

Hazards than can occur are

Short Circuiting

Explosions

Arching

Sparking

 

Mechanical Hazards-  As a CHPP operator/ maintainer dad was subject to a lot of mechanical hazards working in the plant which include

-Stability of the structure

-Operating large machinery such as loaders to put up coal in the train loadout area for loading of coal trains.

 

Vibrations of the CHPP plant, from the operating systems and machinery can also affect the operator..

Personal hazards include

Exhaustion- accidents can occur due to this factor

Negligence- failure to follow standard operating procedures and instruction can result in additional hazards, personal harm and damage costs to machinery, structures and profits. 

 

Shift work

Environmental Hazards

           - Chemicals that are used in the plant i.e lime can present a risk to the environment if not properly contained. They  can present as an hazard to workers if it was to get on their skin, if they were not wearing appropriate PPE.

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Cold Environments - Working in the Cold

Cold Environments - Working in the Cold | Quest 2 | Scoop.it
What factors modify our response to cold? What is the wind-chill temperature? Are there regulated exposure limits for working in cold environments?
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This page contains valuable information about working in cold environments. It is very much relevant to the conditions Cain works in during the winter months in Canada. Where temperatures can get extremely cold. This information could be used to provide information about working in cold conditions to workers and individuals, who are nil informed or have not been exposed to those sought of conditions. This would greatly have assisted cain, as this past winter was the first time, he was exposed to those sought of temperatures and the possible health effects from them.

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Safety

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This would be a good source of information, that could assist Cain in his daily occupation. The Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM), share the vision of creating a culture of safety in the Canadian mining industry. It contains links to Safety Checklists, OHS legislation and also research and performance. This would be a good source for Cain, to help have a better understanding of OHS practices in Canada, as they can differentiate to Australian standards. 

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Quest 2 Cain

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Cain is one of my cousins, who is currently living in Canada working in the mines in near fernie, British Columbia as a excavator/ dozer operator. He faces a lot of new challenges working over in the mines as to the previous mines he has worked here in Australia.

 

 

Cassie Douglas's insight:

Cain's currently working over in Canada in an open cut mine. The normal hazards Cain's faces working in this type of industry are:

 

1. Mechanical: operating large machinery puts Cain at risk if the machine were to break down or if he was to become stuck in the machine.

 

2. Vibration hazard- whole body vibration from the operation of the machine can effect the operator.

 

3. Temperature: During winter months, Cain faced working conditions as cold as -30 degrees Celsius... Operating in these conditions makes Cain's job more risky as he can be more prone to illness as well as tiredness.

 

4. Environment- In winter months over in Canada, conditions change and normal dirt roads become covered in snow and or ice. This requires added precautions of safety controls such as chains on tires for grip, to be able to continue operation.

 

5. Shift work: the roster worked in cains particular mine is 10/5.. He works 12 hour shifts rotating from 10 night shift and then 10 day shifts next rotation..

 

6. Fatigue: This type of job can be very psychologically tiring if conditions are tuff and fatigue can often be the cause of hazards and accidents. This is why there are regulations are in place they require operators to have breaks, so accidents can be prevented.

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Quest 2- Kerrod Sinclair

Kerrod is a trade qualified light vehicle mechanic, who works for Nissan. He is also a good friend of mine and in his job he deals with a number or hazards on a day to day basis.

 

 

 

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Being a light vehicle mechanic, they are exposed to a number of hazards. One main hazard working on vehicles...there is potential to suffer injuries from moving vehicles around the workshop aswell as the temperature  of the motor if its been running for a while. As a mechanic, a lot of manual task's are completed during a general job so there is increased risk of a potential injuring from lifting an item such as bull bars and tow bars. Posture and positions that mechanics have to get in to perform some jobs also puts them at greater risk of injury. Noise is also a notable hazard, as they work on vehicles in a partially enclosed area in the workshop, it increase their proximity to the noise source and it is louder... Finally on a daily basis they deal with oils, fuel and other chemicals which can make a person significantly ill if ingested on spilled on the body ie,. skin, eyes..

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Quest 2- Julie Douglas

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Julie works as a car sales person and has done for the past 8 years. She works in travels 80km to and from work five days a week. Julie is also my mother and as done this job to provide ton help provide for our family for the past 8 years..

 

 

 

 

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As a car sales person, you wouldn't think that there would be many hazards that they would have to deal with..  The main two hazards that she deals with are ergonomic hazards. Which relate to the set up of her office i.e chair height, desk height, Computer monitor display and angle / glare... These types of hazards can be controlled however an extra hazard that Julie has is the commute to and from work each day.. As she lives of 85km away from the office it requires her to travel 1 hour into to and from work, 5 days a week. This commute could lead to possible fatigue, tiredness and as a result could cause an accident involving her and or other persons..

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