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October 1993

Injuries and illnesses among bituminous and lignite coal miners

Jack Reardon

Data indicate that surface mining is safer than underground mining. The preponderant injury categories are, aspirin, contusion, cut, and fracture; the preponderant illness category is 'dust diseases of the lungs'. This article describes mining processes associated with the coal industry and, more specifically, the factors associated with injury and illness in the bituminous and lignite coal industry.1

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