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MSHA Final Report Issued for Fatality on 10/27/2020



January 12, 2021 - On Oct. 27, 2020, a miner was digging a hole to install a wooden post for roof control when a section of the roof fell on him.

Best Practices

•   Thoroughly examine the roof, face, and ribs where people will be working and traveling, including sound and vibration testing where applicable.
•   Scale loose roof and ribs from a safe location. Prevent access to hazardous areas until appropriate corrective measures can be taken.
•   Set temporary support before installing permanent support.
•   Be alert for changing conditions and report abnormal roof or rib conditions to mine management and other miners.
•   Know and follow the approved roof control plan and provide additional support when cracks or other abnormalities are detected. Remember, the approved roof control plan contains minimum requirements.
•   Propose revisions to the roof control plan to provide measures to control roof hazards.

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