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Coal Mine Safety Research in the Bureau of Mines.

Wade LV; Olson JJ
Proc Symposium on Safety in Coal Mining Pretoria Rep of S Africa 1987 Oct; :22 pages
This paper reviews various aspects of accident and fatality statistics in U.S. coal mines over the past 20 yr. Significant improvement has been achieved in making mines safer. Accident rates in the U.S. mining industry are now comparable with those encountered in other major industries. Although improvement has been made in reducing the frequency of mine accidents, coal mining remains one of the most hazardous occupations in terms of severity. Mine accidents are more likely to result in death or serious injury. The U.S. Bureau of Mines uses analyses of accident data for several purposes. For example, detailed information on the accidents is studied to establish causes, while overall trends in coal mining accidents and fatalities are used to structure research programs to improve mine safety. The overall goal of the Bureau's safety and health program is to provide the U.S. mining industry with the technologies necessary to reduce or eliminate mine hazards. The Bureau's current safety and health research program is also reviewed.
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OP 114-88
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Proc., Symposium on Safety in Coal Mining, Pretoria, Rep. of S. Africa, Oct. 1987, 22 PP.
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