Recovery of Farmington #9: an interview with Danny Kuhn.
Pittsburgh, PA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, 2000 Jan; :60 minutes
On November 20, 1968, an explosion rocked the Farmington Number 9 facility in West Virginia, killing 78 of 99 miners who were working in the mine. All but one member of the mine's rescue team were working underground at the time of the explosion. None survived. Some 30 years after the event, researchers from the NIOSH Pittsburgh Research Laboratory conducted a video interview with Danny Kuhn, the Farmington Number 9 mine rescue team member who was not working that night. This video is designed to acquaint mine rescue personnel with certain aspects of rescue work that are not traditionally taught - the strain caused by continual work under adverse conditions; the problem of "survivor guilt" - being spared the fate of one's deceased buddies; and the possibility that post-traumatic stress can occur during the sometimes lengthy task of body recovery.
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