John J. Sammarco

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Researchers at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) are investigating different lighting technologies with the objective of improving mine safety. This paper presents the results from an ongoing study that compares discomfort glare for different light-emitting diode (LED) cap lamps using the de Boer glare rating scale. The cap(More)
Miners depend most heavily on visual cues to recognize underground mining hazards; consequently, illumination plays a critical role in miners' safety. Some hazards are located in the miners' peripheral field of view (10° to about 60° off axis) or on axis (0°). The objective of this research was to determine if there were visual(More)
Illumination plays a critical role in an underground miner's safety because miners depend most heavily on visual cues to recognize hazards. Mobile mining machinery, located in the miner's peripheral field of view ( plusmn10deg to about plusmn60deg off-axis), may pose potential pinning and striking hazards. The main objective of this research was to(More)
This paper describes an experiment to examine whether a visual warning system can improve detection of moving machine hazards that could result in struck-by or pinning accidents. Thirty-six participants, twelve each in one of three age groups, participated in the study. A visual warning system capable of providing four different modes of warning was(More)
Workers in hazardous environments such as mining are constantly exposed to the health and safety hazards of dynamic and unpredictable conditions. One approach to enable them to manage these hazards is to provide them with situational awareness: real-time data (environmental, physiological, and physical location data) obtained from wireless, wearable, smart(More)
This experiment investigated the effects of different machine-mounted area lighting technologies on visual performance in a simulated underground mine environment. The primary objective was to conduct a comparative evaluation of the lighting technologies based on the visual performance of 36 human subjects in a simulated underground mine environment.(More)
A comparative human performance evaluation of a miner's walking speed and head pitch was conducted on miners wearing two types of LED cap lamps. Walking speed and head pitch are indirect indicators of improved lighting. The better that miners can see the floor, the faster they can walk and the less they pitch their heads downward to illuminate the floor(More)
Conducted at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health's (NIOSH) Office of Mine Safety and Health Research, the experiment described in this paper is part of ongoing mine illumination research designed to explore the benefits of solid-state lighting technologies when applied to the underground mining industry. This experiment involves the(More)
Equipment control functions that were once hardwired are being implemented with software and very large scale integrated (VLSI) devices. Often this transition has resulted in increased flexibility, improved quality, and decreased costs. At the same time, it has created new concerns and challenges concerning worker safety. The visible and welldefined ladder(More)
Researchers at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) are conducting mine illumination research with the objective of improving miner safety. Slips, trips, and falls (STFs) are the second leading accident class (18.1%, n = 2,374) of nonfatal lost-time injuries at underground mines (MSHA, 2005-2009). Factors contributing to STFs(More)