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Roof Fall Accidents Decline, but Remain Leading Cause of Mine Injuries

Monday, July 10, 2017  
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By Facility Safety Management Magazine

Improvements in roof control technology in underground coal mines have significantly reduced accidents involving roof and rib falls or coal bursts, but such accidents remain a leading cause of injuries, reports the U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration.

Since 2013, roof and rib falls or coal bursts led to the deaths of five continuous mining machine operators, and injured 83 other operators.

 

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