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WINTER MINE SAFETY
MSHA warns mine operators about increased dangers brought on by winter weather
Reported by: Associated Press
Friday, November 1, 2013 6:14 AM EST
The Mine Safety and Health Administration is warning mine operators about the increased safety risks brought on by winter weather.
According to MSHA, lower barometric pressures and low humidity coupled with seasonal drying of surfaces on mine roofs, ribs and bottom increase the chances of an explosion. Other potential hazards are icy walkways and haulage roads, limited visibility and freezing and thawing of highwalls, which causes instability.
MSHA recommends several precautions. They include thorough examinations, sufficient ventilation, adequate rock dusting and maintaining escape routes.