Reducing manual tasks injury risks through implementation of participative ergonomics programs has been a long standing research program within MISHC. Early work was conducted with funding from the Coal Services Health and Safety Trust, and the Australian Coal Association Research Program. These projects resulted the publication of a handbook titled "Reducing Musculoskeletal Risk in Open Cut Mining" (http://ergonomics.uq.edu.au/download/c11058.pdf) and have been widely cited in government advisory documents. The work continues in the USA through a collaboration with the Colorado School of Mines.
More recent work is being undertaken in the area of measuring and managing the exposures to whole-body vibration at mine sites. This project has been funded by Rio Tinto Coal and the Coal Services Health and Safety Trust. Further grant proposals are under consideration by the Australian Coal Association Research Program and the Alpha Foundation for Mine Safety and Health Research (in collaboration with the University of Washington).
Whole-body vibration management: http://ergonomics.uq.edu.au/WBV