Human Factors for the Design, Operation, and Maintenance of Mining Equipment: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

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

1st Edition

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

CRC Press

227 pages | 54 B/W Illus.

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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.

Table of Contents

What is Human Factors, and Why is it Important for Mining Equipment?

What is “Human Factors”?

What are the Aims of Human Factors?

Why is it Important to Consider Human Factors for Mining Equipment?

History of Human Factors in Mining

Human Factors and Risk Management

Key Current Issues, and Future Challenges with Mining Equipment

Why This Book is Necessary

Structure of the Book

Equipment Design

The Equipment Design Process

The Equipment Life Cycle

Safety in Design

Hierarchy of Control, and Control Effectiveness

Equipment Usability

Human Factors Cost–Benefit Analysis and the System Life Cycle

Equipment Standardisation

Potential Barriers to Using Human Factors in Design

Operability and Maintainability Analysis Technique (OMAT)

It is Not Just about Design: Mining Equipment Operations and Maintenance

Elements in the Mining System

Safety in the Operation of Mobile Equipment

Different Types of Factors Involved in Mobile Equipment Incidents

Haddon’s countermeasure principles


Manual Tasks


Direct Manual-Task Risk Factors

Assessing Manual-Task Injury Risks

The Place of “Training” in Manual-Task Injury Risk Management


Workstation Design and Anthropometric Variability

Workstation Design: Overview

Incorporating Anthropometric Data in Workstation Design

General Principles of Workstation Design

Digital Tools for Workstation Design


Physical Environment and Climate

Sound and Hearing, co-written with Robert Randolph

Dust, co-written with James Rider

Heat, Cold, and Climate Control, co-written with Janet Torma-Krajewski

Vibration, co-written with Tammy Eger

Vision, Visibility, and Lighting

Co-written with Tammy Eger

Vision and Lighting

Illumination and Vision Performance

Standards for Mine Lighting

Recommended Lighting Levels

Visibility and Equipment Design

Controls and Displays

Controls and Displays: Overview

Control Design Principles

Reducing Control Errors: Guarding, Feedback, Mode Errors, Coding, and Directional Control–Response Relationships

Display Principles

Case Study: The EMESRT Controls and Displays Design Philosophy

Automation and New Technologies

Why are New Mining Technologies and Automation being Developed and Deployed?

Levels of Automation

The Importance of Considering Human–Machine Interaction in Automated Mining Equipment

Automation and Human Factors Issues

Case Study: Collision Detection and Proximity-Warning systems

Mining Automation and People: What Can We Conclude?

Organisational and Task Factors

Fatigue, Shiftwork, and Mining Equipment

Mental Workload

Occupational Stress




Co-written with Jennifer G. Tichon

Why Train?

Human Factors in the Design of Training

Expertise and Training

Issues Associated with Training

Use of Simulation in Training

VR Simulation Training in Mining




Future General Trends in Mining Human Factors

Future Human-Related Trends in Mining Equipment Design, Operation, and Maintenance



Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Optics
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Industrial Engineering
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Industrial Design / General
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Industrial Health & Safety