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Best practices to mitigate injuries and fatalities from rock falls.
Proceedings of the Thirty-first Annual Institute on Mining Health, Safety and Research, Roanoke, Virginia, August 27-30, 2000. Bockosh GR, Karmis M, Langton J, McCarter MK, Rowe B, eds., Blacksburg, VA: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 2000 Aug;
Falls of ground continue to be one of the most serious causes of injury to U.S. miners. Of the 256 fatal injuries that occured in mining between 1996 and 1998, 52 (20%) were caused by falls of ground. Falls of ground affect some sectors of the mining industry more severely than others. For instance, nearly 40% of the 98 coal mine fatalities between 1996 and 1998 were caused by falls of ground. Underground miners are at much greater risk than surface miners. Nearly half (45 out of 101) of underground mine fatalities were attributed to roof, rib and face falls, while less than 5% of the 155 surface fatalities were caused by falls of highways or slopes.
Mining-industry; Miners; Mine-workers; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Work-areas; Workers; Workplace-studies; Mortality-rates; Mortality-data; Mortality-surveys; Statistical-analysis; Underground-miners; Underground-mining; Ground-control; Geophysics; Geology
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Bockosh-GR; Karmis-M; Langton-J; McCarter-MK; Rowe-B
Proceedings of the Thirty-first Annual Institute on Mining Health, Safety and Research, Roanoke, Virginia, August 27-30, 2000
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