by margaret e. ryan, jason diamond, michael j. brnich and cassandra hoebbel

The MINER Act of 2006 called for significant improvements to emergency response training and preparedness at U.S. underground coal mines. Yet, results from a recent survey on self-escape competency by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) suggest that underground coal mineworkers may still be underprepared for self-escape. These findings can motivate safety trainers to identify strategies for improving the workforce’s self-escape preparedness for every worker during every shift in the event of an underground mine emergency.
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