Title

Evaluating the Effect of Text Message Prompts on Miners’ Decision Making in a Disaster

Presenter Information

Tiffany Lyche

Department

Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Science

Major

Mining Engineering

Research Advisor

Awuah-Offei, Kwame, 1975-

Advisor's Department

Mining Engineering

Abstract

The objective of this research is to determine if information provided to miners during an emergency will help an individual miner make safer decisions. The objective was achieved through surveys that obtained information from miners about what they will do in various circumstances. Respondents are presented with real-life scenarios of emergency and urgent situations during a disaster. In addition, respondents are provided text message options. The results show that miners are likely to use text message cues from an automated system to make decisions during a mine disaster. Also, the research found that workers did not heed warnings and only used breathing apparatus when giving a specific command to do so. Verbal cues from the human interaction increased the response rate when instructed to use a breathing apparatus. This research provides response patterns for endangered workers in emergency situations that can be used to make underground mining safer for miners.

Biography

Tiffany J. Lyche is a senior in mining engineering at Missouri S&T, graduating May 2018. She has an associate’s degree in applied engineering from Wenatchee Valley College. She is married and has two children. She volunteers with her children's schools throughout the year as well as various student organizations. She holds elected positions with two MS&T’s student chapters: NSSGA Vice-President (National Stone, Sand, and Gravel Association) and the ISEE Secretary (International Society of Explosive Engineers). She enjoys being with her family whether it is outdoors, crafting, home-improvement projects, or anything else leisurely. Tiffany plans to work in the aggregates industry after graduation, specifically mine planning and environmental.

Research Category

Engineering

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Document Type

Poster

Location

Upper Atrium

Presentation Date

17 Apr 2018, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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Evaluating the Effect of Text Message Prompts on Miners’ Decision Making in a Disaster

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The objective of this research is to determine if information provided to miners during an emergency will help an individual miner make safer decisions. The objective was achieved through surveys that obtained information from miners about what they will do in various circumstances. Respondents are presented with real-life scenarios of emergency and urgent situations during a disaster. In addition, respondents are provided text message options. The results show that miners are likely to use text message cues from an automated system to make decisions during a mine disaster. Also, the research found that workers did not heed warnings and only used breathing apparatus when giving a specific command to do so. Verbal cues from the human interaction increased the response rate when instructed to use a breathing apparatus. This research provides response patterns for endangered workers in emergency situations that can be used to make underground mining safer for miners.