Department of Labor
Mine Safety and Health Administration
Recently, an area mine employee was keeping the miner cable
pulled back as the machine was tramming out of the cut. A rock,
approximately 16 feet long by 3 feet wide by 8 inches thick, fell
from the roof, striking the tail of the miner and then striking
the employee. The injured received contusions to the head, neck,
and back and shattered vertebrae.
- All miners should be instructed to check their work area for
hazardous roof and rib conditions prior to performing work in the
area, and frequently thereafter.
- Be aware of roof and rib conditions at all times.
- When adverse roof conditions are encountered, additional
measures should be taken to ensure the safety of miners.
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This information was provided by concerned
miners in an effort to eliminate accidents. Accident or "close
call" information within District 8 may be shared by contacting
the MSHA office at (812) 882-7617.