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Miners' ideas about how to stay clear of an unpredictable killer.
Love AC; Peters RH
Acquire 1993 Jul; :1-3
Miners made several very important suggestions with regard to changes that might help to reduce the chances that people would go under unsupported roof while performing most of the activities listed in Table 1. These suggestions will be presented in this issue and two future issues of the HSA Bulletin. These articles will present: 1. Roof bolters' suggestions about how to avoid unsupported roof and problems they frequently encounter in doing their job. 2. Remote controlled continuous miner operators' ideas for work practice and equipment changes that would help keep people away from unsupported roof. 3. Face crew workers' suggestions concerning how to prevent people from unintentionally going inby roof supports. Everyone who works underground should take time to consider whether there are any changes in his/her work procedures or equipment that might prevent them from being the next roof fall fatality. That should be discussed at safety meetings. Don't hesitate to bring up problems with avoiding unsupported roof that don't seem to have any good solutions. By putting their heads together they often discover good solutions that no one would have imagined on their own.
Mine safety; Miners; Mining; Mining industry; Underground miners; Underground mines; Underground mining; Questionnaires; Roof bolters; Continuous mining; Roof falls
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