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A review of recent data concerning accidents caused by falls of unsupported roof.
Proceedings of the 25th Annual Institute on Mining Health, Safety and Research, Blacksburg, Virginia, August 29-31, 1994. Tinney G, Bacho A, Karmis M, eds., Blacksburg, VA: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1994 Aug; :129-137
Virtually everyone who works in a coal mine has been told that it is very dangerous to go under unsupported roof and knows that mine safety regulations prohibit this behavior. Nevertheless, information obtained through accident investigations and interviews with coal miners indicates that there are individuals in the coal mining work force who, in certain circumstances, do not hesitate to go under unsupported roof. During the past 8 years, 53 coal miners lost their lives because they travelled in by roof supports and the roof fell on them. How were these miners different from other miners? How were their mines different from mines where people have not been killed by falls of unsupported roof? This paper addresses these and other questions by showing how these 53 miners compare to other groups of miners in terms of their experience, age, and certain characteristics of the mines where they were employed.
Mine-workers; Miners; Mining-industry; Coal-miners; Coal-mining; Coal-miners; Coal-mining; Coal-workers; Safety-monitoring; Safety-measures; Safety-practices; Safety-research; Statistical-analysis
Tinney-G; Bacho-A; Karmis-M
Proceedings of the 25th Annual Institute on Mining Health, Safety and Research, Blacksburg, Virginia, August 29-31, 1994
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