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Miner's Tip


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Mine Type: All Mines
Category: Back Injuries

Russ, a coal miner in Illinois writes: Backache

Today, he is back to work and doing well.

He suggests that back injury prevention be included in the annual training, and that mines provide an exercise program for the miners and back it up with incentives.


Proper lifting is essential, but conditioning is also important. Proper or not, you can't lift a weight that your back is not in shape to lift. As Russ says, "We are only as strong as our backs allow".

Reissued: 04/30/2002
Tag # AP2002-M023

MSHA extends a thank you and a tip of the hardhat to
Russell Duncan of Harrisburg, Illinois
a winner of a limited edition sticker and patch.

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