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Roof collapse kills mine worker

Mine roof collapse
Mine roof collapse

A structural failure ended a resources employee’s life.

Authorities recently investigated how a roof collapse killed a mine worker.

Investigators revealed the incident occurred while a standing roof support (crib) was fitted as part of the longwall recovery cycle. The accident occurred in an “area adjacent to a longwall shield” at an undisclosed operation on 18 March 2023.

The Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration made the following recommendations:

  • follow the approved roof control plan
  • never travel under an unsupported roof
  • design, install, and maintain roof support where people work or travel
  • be alert to changing roof conditions, especially during longwall recovery
  • conduct a visual examination of the roof, face and ribs immediately before starting work.

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