Mine safety
Although most of our miners operate heavy machinery and work in dangerous environments, underground miners face more health and safety challenges than do surface miners. These dangers may include inadequate ventilation, structural collapse, coal dust inhalation, and methane and dust explosions. Methane, released during the coal extraction process, is one of the most daunting mine safety concerns. This gas can explode in concentrations as small as 5%. West Virginia’s 2010 Upper Big Branch Mine disaster, which took the lives of 29 Americans, is thought to have been caused by such an explosion. Safety procedures dictate that, should an explosion occur, miners must escape to safety rooms which contain several days of emergency supplies and rations. Most, but not all, modern mines have extensive safety procedures, health standards and worker education and training programs designed to reduce the incidence and severity of mining accidents. These programs have led to safety improvements in both underground and open pit mining operations.

Pending Legislation:
H.R.1926 - Robert C. Byrd Mine Safety Protection Act of 2015

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