Research Project Title

Measuring How Mineworkers Spend Their Time: Results from the American Time Use Survey, 2014-2016

Session Type

Poster Presentation

Research Project Abstract

While miners comprise less than 1% of the total employed population in the U.S., they are disproportionately affected by occupational injuries and fatalities. While anecdotal evidence affirms that fatigue is an issue in mining, empirical evidence is still lacking on the role that fatigue plays in these adverse events. As a step toward determining the comparative impact of fatigue in mining, this research explores U.S. mineworkers’ time-use, particularly time spent sleeping, working, and commuting compared to similar occupations (e.g., construction, transportation). Specifically, 2014-2016 data from the American Time Use Survey (ATUS) was merged and structured to link time usage data with demographic occupation and industry information. This research is part of a larger pilot study that I am working on with researchers from CDC/NIOSH and findings will help inform the development of a fatigue risk management system for mineworkers in the U.S. Preliminary findings from this retrospective cross-sectional analysis suggest meaningfully different uses of time between occupational groups, which will be presented in greater detail at the conference.

Session Number

PS3

Location

HUB Multipurpose Room

Abstract Number

PS3-bb

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Apr 28th, 2:15 PM Apr 28th, 3:45 PM

Measuring How Mineworkers Spend Their Time: Results from the American Time Use Survey, 2014-2016

HUB Multipurpose Room

While miners comprise less than 1% of the total employed population in the U.S., they are disproportionately affected by occupational injuries and fatalities. While anecdotal evidence affirms that fatigue is an issue in mining, empirical evidence is still lacking on the role that fatigue plays in these adverse events. As a step toward determining the comparative impact of fatigue in mining, this research explores U.S. mineworkers’ time-use, particularly time spent sleeping, working, and commuting compared to similar occupations (e.g., construction, transportation). Specifically, 2014-2016 data from the American Time Use Survey (ATUS) was merged and structured to link time usage data with demographic occupation and industry information. This research is part of a larger pilot study that I am working on with researchers from CDC/NIOSH and findings will help inform the development of a fatigue risk management system for mineworkers in the U.S. Preliminary findings from this retrospective cross-sectional analysis suggest meaningfully different uses of time between occupational groups, which will be presented in greater detail at the conference.