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Unsupported Roof – Safety Alert

Safety Alert

Unsupported Roof

Four miners have died from roof falls in the last three years, two were working or traveling under unsupported roof.

Two of the four roof fall fatalities in the past 3 years have occurred when miners traveled or worked under unsupported roof. On May 31, 2024, a 27-year-old coal miner suffered fatal injuries from a roof fall when he traveled under unsupported roof. In May 2021, a 32-year-old continuous mining machine operator was killed by a roof fall when he was working under unsupported roof.

Two of the four roof fall fatalities in the past 3 years have occurred when miners traveled or worked under unsupported roof.

Best Practices

NEVER go under unsupported roof!

Mine Management:

  • Prohibit work or travel under unsupported roof.
  • Train all miners and supervisors on the hazards of working and traveling into areas
    of unsupported roof.
  • Identify and correct unsafe work practices.

Roof Control Plans should include:

  • Identifying the next to last full row of permanent roof supports with highly visible
    markers at all approaches.
  • Installing and maintaining adequately designed roof/ground control where miners
    work or travel.
  • Guidance ensuring miners are safely positioned while setting temporary support.
    Installing temporary supports under the direct supervision of a certified foreman

McCraren Compliance offers many opportunities in safety training to help circumvent accidents. Please take a moment to visit our calendar of classes to see what we can do to help your safety measures from training to consulting.

Original article published by MSHA