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Occupational Accidents Related to Heavy Machinery: A Systematic Review

Associated Laboratory for Energy, Transports and Aeronautics, LAETA (PROA), Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto, 4200-465 Porto, Portugal
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Received: 14 November 2020 / Revised: 26 February 2021 / Accepted: 10 March 2021 / Published: 16 March 2021
Surface and underground mining, due to its technical challenges, is considered a hazardous industry. The great majority of accidents and fatalities are frequently associated with ineffective or inappropriate training methods. Knowing that knowledge of occupational accident causes plays a significant role in safety management systems, it is important to systematise this kind of information. The primary objective of this systematic review was to find evidence of work-related accidents involving machinery and their causes and, thus, to provide relevant data available to improve the mining project (design). The Preferred Reporting of Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) Statement methodology was used to conduct the review. This paper provides the main research results based on a systematic review protocol registered in the International Prospective Register of Systematic Reviews (PROSPERO), where the research strategy, information sources, and eligibility criteria are provided. From the 3071 articles identified, 16 were considered eligible and added to the study. Results are presented in a narrative-based form, with additional data provided in descriptive tables. The data analysed showed that the equipment often related to mining accidents are conveyor belts, haul trucks, and dumpers, especially during maintenance or repair activities. Attention should be paid to powered tools. Effective monitoring and machine operation control are some of the stated measures to minimise accidents. Particular attention should be paid to less experienced and senior workers, mainly through fatigue control, workload management, and appropriate training programs. View Full-Text
Keywords: accident; fatalities; injuries; machinery; mining accident; fatalities; injuries; machinery; mining
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Duarte, J.; Marques, A.T.; Santos Baptista, J. Occupational Accidents Related to Heavy Machinery: A Systematic Review. Safety 2021, 7, 21.

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Duarte J, Marques AT, Santos Baptista J. Occupational Accidents Related to Heavy Machinery: A Systematic Review. Safety. 2021; 7(1):21.

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Duarte, J., A. T. Marques, and J. Santos Baptista 2021. "Occupational Accidents Related to Heavy Machinery: A Systematic Review" Safety 7, no. 1: 21.

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