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Roof Fall Accidents
    Although there has been a significant decrease over the years, today roof fall accidents in the coal mining industry continue to claim the lives of working miners.

    Hello, I'm Bob Friend with the Mine Safety and Health Administration.

    There are steps miners and mine operators can take to alleviate the threat of tragic roof fall accidents in underground mines.

    --ALWAYS follow the approved roof control plan for your mining operation. Never deviate from this plan. It was created to best fit your mine and best keep your miners safe.

    --Make required roof examinations before starting work. Look at the roof closely, listen for noises, and sound it out.

    --When adverse roof conditions are encountered, additional roof support should be installed.

    --Always use maximum supervision and oversight when performing retreat mining operations.

    --And never, EVER walk or travel under unsupported roof.

    Let's focus more attention on roof control in underground mines. Let's make sure that all miners return home safe and healthy after each workday.

    Thank you for listening.