Changing behavior is difficult. Do you feel that a training program designed to teach ex-coal miners how to operate remote machinery to do the mining that they used to do by hand will be successful? Why or why not? What cultural elements may influence the success or failure of this venture? How would you structure this effort to address the barriers involved? Here is one take on how this might be done.
NPR Report on Eastern Kentucky Coal Miners
Think about other industries where dangerous jobs were restructured. (For example the paper industry) What were the strategies used?
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