Bonus and accidents: is there a link?

Abstract An analysis of the number of industrial injuries shows that the mining sector is particularly affected, since mining is one of the most dangerous industrial activities in Canada. This has led to numerous inquiries, and supports the need for an in-depth study aiming at the identification of factors responsible for these accidents. One possible factor often pointed at is the small crews incentives and this paper presents a scientific approach applied to check a potential link between bonus and accidents at two mining companies located in northwestern Quebec.
The data required to do so were the accidents, the salaries and the number of hours worked at each mining site by the hourly-paid personnel for the period from June 1979 to January 1982. The analysis of the results derived from the initial information shows different behaviours of the frequency rate vs the bonus rate at these mines. The number of days lost per accident is independent of the bonus rate at both mine sites, as shown by Khi-square tests on contingency tables.
Keywords: Safety, Human resources, Bonus, Accidents, Severity rate, Mining industry
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Publication: CIM Bulletin
Author(s): PAUL DUFOUR, MICHAEL PARLEY
Keywords: Human resources, Partnerships, Technology development, Universities Education, Research.
Issue: 894
Volume: 79
Year: 1986
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Summary: Mine hoist brakes must meet the following statutory performance criteria:

There should be two independent braking systems; at least one should act directly on the hoist drum.
If one brake fails, the others should be able to retard and stop the hoist safely before the descending conveyance, carrying the rated load, reaches any obstruction.
When all brakes apply,  decelerations should not be so violent that men travelling in the conveyance are injured.
The brakes shall...
Publication: CIM Bulletin
Author(s): L.C. GALLOWAY, G.L. TILEY
Keywords: Mine hoists, Braking systems, Thermal capacity, Testing, Mine safety, Emergency.
Issue: 894
Volume: 79
Year: 1986
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Summary: Radon emanation rates, J, and compositions of materials from the Canadian Certified Reference Materials Project (CCRMP) indicate that the fraction of the Rn produced that escapes, E, is usually 1% to 8% and the 23SU decay chain is nearly in secular equilibrium. For some Chinese ore standards, E values are higher than for the CCRMP materials. Standard ore tailings have 21°Pb concentrations higher than expected from their 226Ra concentrations and Rn escape rates (12 - 34%). Biological...
Publication: CIM Bulletin
Author(s): R.H. McCORKELL
Issue: 894
Volume: 79
Year: 1986
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Summary: At the Falconbridge Limited, Canadian Nickel Division, Sudbury Operations, we investigated the "NO NOISE" ear muffs model NN3-F which is a Swedish product with foam-filled sealing rings (the Hellberg Standard Volume Hearing Protector). It is used extensively at Falconbridge mines in Sudbury.
The research which was carried out in the four Falconbridge mines was conducted under three different headings: manufacturer's attenuation data (psychophysical method), clamping force and head...
Publication: CIM Bulletin
Author(s): M.U.SAVICH
Keywords: Mine safety, Attenuation, Ear muffs, Noise, Clamping force, Head size, Falconbridge Limited.
Issue: 894
Volume: 79
Year: 1986
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