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Covering the roof reduces crippling injuries underground.

Authors
Molinda-GM; Robertson-SB; Mark-C; Dolinar-DR
Source
Coal Age 2003 Nov-Dec; 108(11-12):20-22, 26
NIOSHTIC No.
20024567
Abstract
The underground coal miner must constantly monitor the roof and be aware of the possibility of serious injury or death from a rock fall. During each of the years between 1995 and 2001, more than 500 injuries were caused by roof falls in underground coal mines. It doesn't take a massive roof fall to hurt a miner. In data from 1997, the average size of a rock causing an injury was 35 inches long by 20 inches wide by 4 inches thick and weighed 283 lb.
Keywords
Underground-miners; Coal-miners; Coal-mining; Ground-control; Ground-stability; Rock-falls; Injuries; Traumatic-injuries
Contact
NIOSH Pittsburgh Research Laboratory, P.O. Box 18070, Pittsburgh, PA 15236
CODEN
COLAA7
Publication Date
20031101
Document Type
Journal Article
Fiscal Year
2004
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
11-12
ISSN
0009-9910
NIOSH Division
PRL
Source Name
Coal Age
State
PA; MD; WV; IL
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