October 2020
Volume 72    Issue 10

The experience and management of fatigue: A study of mine haulage operators

Drews, Frank A.; Pratt Rogers, W.; Talebi, Elaheh; Lee, Shantae

ABSTRACT:

Fatigue is a relatively well-investigated topic in the surface transportation industry with a research focus on sleep deprivation and disruption. This paper examines fatigue in mining operations. While mine operators are using or currently introducing technology to monitor fatigue, there is little work that focuses on the operators’ experience of fatigue and the acceptance of fatigue-monitoring technology. Focus groups were conducted to investigate these topics. The results of this research suggest that current fatigue-monitoring systems lack validity, reliability and user acceptance. Overall, these results emphasize the importance of a socio-technical systems perspective to guide interventions aiming at improving miner health and safety.

 

Full-text paper:
Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration, https://doi.org/10.1007/s42461-020-00259-w

 

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