NIOSH Offers Resources to Help Scope Retreat-Mining Risks, Design Safe Mining Operations, Conduct Safe Rescue


NIOSH Update:


Contact: Fred Blosser (202) 245-0645
August 7, 2007

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) provides extensive resources that can help mine operators and mine workers to anticipate risks of roof falls in mines, to anticipate potential hazards in retreat mining operations, and to design safe mining operations that reduce such risks. NIOSH also provides resources to help keep emergency responders safe if an incident occurs and rescue or recovery efforts are undertaken. According to news reports, rescue activities began on August 6 at a coal mine in Huntington, Utah, where six miners were trapped after a roof collapse. The exact cause of the collapse was not immediately known, reports indicated.

NIOSH is the federal agency that conducts research and makes recommendations to prevent work-related injuries, illnesses, and deaths. Collaborating with diverse partners, NIOSH mining safety laboratories in Pittsburgh, Pa., and Spokane, Wash., lead the national research in the U.S. in mine safety and health. This research has resulted in fundamental advancements in understanding complex factors that can put mine workers at risk, designing effective protective measures, and developing and applying innovative safety technologies.

NIOSH resources include these:

Further information about NIOSH’s research and recommendations for preventing job-related injury, illness, and death in mining is available at

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