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MSHA Job Safety Tips
ST Card No. 12


Coal Mine Longwall Section Employees

THE LONG AND SHORT OF IT

Longwall mining is on the increase, and longwall accidents are increasing as well. Ignitions and explosions have occurred, as well as other serious accidents.

Causes of accidents on longwall sections include: To prevent these types of accidents, miners should: Examples of fatalities on longwall sections in 1996 include the following:

April 10, 1996 -- A mechanic was fatally injured when a longwall crew was moving a stage loader to a new longwall section. A jack was used to keep the stage loader from sliding into the wideside rib. The mechanic went to the jack location to reset the jack, when apparently the jack sprung free and struck the mechanic.

November 14, 1996 -- A longwall foreman was standing in the longwall face walkway when a severe coal bounce occurred. The foreman was covered up to the waist by the blowing coal face, causing fatal injuries.

THE LONG AND SHORT OF IT

U.S. Department of Labor
Mine Safety and Health Administration