Human Factors for the Design, Operation, and Maintenance of Mining Equipment

Tim Horberry, Robin Burgess-Limerick, Lisa J. Steiner

July 16, 2010 by CRC Press
Reference - 227 Pages - 54 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781439802311 - CAT# K10121


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  • Explains human factors principles relevant to the design, operation, and maintenance of mining equipment
  • Provides pointers and additional references to help readers explore particular topics of interest in more depth
  • Discusses the impacts of mining equipment design and life cycle, mine site rules, procedures, work methods, guidelines, and similar topics
  • Includes case studies about mobile equipment that brings together the concepts introduced
  • Covers manual tasks and workstation design as well as access, egress, and confined spaces issues
  • Examines psychological issues including how information is perceived and processed and how people’s actions are planned and undertaken
  • Outlines the human factors issues involved in equipment controls and displays at the human-machine interface


Machines increasingly pervade the mining industry, reducing manual labor and raising production. While the use of new technologies such as remote control, vision enhancement technologies, continuous haulage, and automated equipment has grown, so has the potential for new health and safety risks. Written by leading experts from Australia and North America, Human Factors for the Design, Operation, and Maintenance of Mining Equipment covers the impact of new mining technology on human work performance and safety.

Ergonomics experts Tim John Horberry, Robin Burgess-Limerick, and Lisa J. Steiner draw on their personal experience to provide up-to-date research, case studies, and examples, making the book useful, accurate, informative, and easy to read. They set the scene with a general, yet fundamental review of human factors information related to equipment. They then examine the physical environment and the importance of key concerns such as vibration, noise, heat, and dust in maintaining and operating mining equipment. The authors expand their scope by examining wider organizational and task factors related to mining equipment, including the long-standing issues of operator fatigue and stress as well as newer concerns such as distraction and information overload.

A synthesis of available human factors knowledge and research, the book describes human factors principles applied to mining equipment from a multidisciplinary perspective and combines it into one volume. The authors combine their in-the-trenches experience and academic expertise to present a treatment that balances breadth with depth. The book supplies a much-needed overview of the human element in the journey to optimal equipment design of mining equipment.