Mining: Common Accidents and Injuries

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  1. A death of an individual at a mine
  2. An injury to an individual at a mine which has a reasonable potential to cause death
  3. An entrapment of an individual for more than thirty minutes
  4. An unplanned inundation of a mine by a liquid or gas
  5. An unplanned ignition or explosion of gas or dust
  6. An unplanned mine fire not extinguished within 30 minutes of discovery
  7. An unplanned ignition or explosion of a blasting agent or an explosive
  8. An unplanned roof fall at or above the anchorage zone in active workings where roof bolts are in use; or, an unplanned roof or rib fall in active workings that impairs ventilation or impedes passage
  9. A coal or rock outburst that causes withdrawal of miners or which disrupts regular mining activity for more than one hour
  10. An unstable condition at an impoundment, refuse pile, or culm bank which requires emergency action in order to prevent failure, or which causes individuals to evacuate an area; or, failure of an impoundment, refuse pile or culm bank
  11. Damage to hoisting equipment in a shaft or slope which endangers an individual or which interferes with use of the equipment for more than thirty minutes; and
  12. An event at a mine which causes death or bodily injury to an individual not at the mine at the time the event occurs.

Additionally, the Mine Safety and Health Act authorizes the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to develop recommendations for mine health standards for the Mine Safety and Health Administration; administer a medical surveillance program for miners, including chest X-rays to detect pneumoconiosis (black lung disease) in coal miners; conduct on-site investigations in mines; and test and certify personal protective equipment and hazard-measurement instruments.

Again, the above mentioned precautions were not in use during the time in which Candle was set.

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