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SAMINE Safety Assessment Mines

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Application

The test set SAMINE Safety Assessment – Mines assesses the cognitive and psychomotor abilities needed for safe and productive working in the mining industry. The mining industry is a particularly hazardous working environment. Workers in the mining sector have a seven to ten times higher risk of a fatal accident at work than workers in other areas of industry. Accidents not only put individuals at risk but also represent an additional cost factor for the industry. It is for these reasons that managers often seek to reduce the risk of accidents through organizational measures and by selecting workers who are as safe and skilled as possible. Personal factors that can help to reduce accidents include experience, cognitive and psychomotor skills and safety-related personality characteristics. This test set has been developed to provide a specific tool for the personnel psychological testing of transport drivers and machine operators in the mining industry. It can be used in both the selection and the continuous monitoring of the suitability of mine workers in the context of manufacturing & safety assessments. It is also possible to select only the requirements relevant to one group and hence assess suitability for only one of the two areas.

Validation

In the course of a multi-year validation study the test was administered to a large sample of machine operators and transport drivers in various mines in South Africa. Comparison of respondents’ test results and their accident frequency showed that the SAMINE test set makes an important contribution to the prediction of accident frequency.

Scoring

  • Table with raw scores, percentile ranks and confidence intervals.
  • Profile
  • Written report with profile diagram, verbal description of the individual results and details of the FIT score for rapid assessment of the test results and their implications for the respondent’s suitability.

Dimensions

The SAMINE test set comprises the following dimensions and tests:
Dimensions Tests Testform/Subtests Duration in minutes
Total length if all dimensions are presented approx. 36
Reaction behavior
Reaction ability, simple RT S3 approx. 6
Stress tolerance, reactive DT S5 approx. 15
Sensomotor functions
Eye-hand coordination 2HAND S1 approx. 6
Visual processing
Anticipation of movement ZBA S3 approx. 9

Test information

cross-test scoring
cross-test norming
cross-test validation
based on statutory requirements
test(s) specifically adapted for test set
additional device required

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