ARLINGTON, Va. – 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. The 2017 PROP program will focus on continuous mining machine operator safety. It includes informational posters developed by MSHA and distributed to underground coal mines during regular inspections, and discussions with groups of working miners on mine safety.
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