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Miner's Tip

Pillar Workings

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Mine Type: Underground Coal
Category: Roof and Rib

Drawing Depicting Miner Cutting Log A fourteen year veteran underground coal miner, Heather Swiney, shares her tips on setting temporary posts on pillar workings. To reduce personal exposure and to get the support in place quickly, she tells us:

Since nearly half of her underground experience has been spent in coal pillar extraction work, she should know what she is talking about.

Reissued: 04/30/2002
Tag # AP2002-M002

MSHA extends a thank you and a tip of the hardhat to Heather Swineya winner of a limited edition sticker and patch.

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