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Sponsor: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health's Office of Mine Safety and Health Research
Although recent advances in mining research and practices have improved the safety and health of underground coal miners and extensive rescue strategies are in place, more coordinated planning and training are needed to better prepare miners to escape in the event of a mine emergency. This new report from the Board on Human-Systems Integration recommends essential components for improving miners' ability to "self-escape" using available resources to remove themselves from an underground mine during an emergency. The report does not address regulations and procedures that could prevent emergencies.