by larry d. patts, jeremy rohrbaugh and joseph schall

The underground mining industry and its partners work tirelessly to improve mine safety and to develop controls that address the dangers inherent to working in the dynamic underground environment. Nevertheless, the potential for hazards exists every day for mine workers, and should accidents occur and impair the miner’s ability to self-escape, specially trained mine rescue teams and support personnel respond to these events. These responders often place themselves at a high level of risk and are required to perform intense manual labor in extremely difficult and unpredictable conditions.
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