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MSHA's Safety Targets Program
Roof and Rib Falls (Metal/Nonmetal)
From January 2000 through the end of 2008, there were 11 fatalities in Metal/Non-Metal mines related to roof and rib or top and back accidents. MSHA believes that these types of accidents can be reduced, if not eliminated when miners follow the simple guidelines outlined in this "Roof / Rib Safety Target Package". This information and material included in this package are being supplied to increase miners' hazard awareness and improve their ability to assess risks related to roof and rib or top and back. This package includes information and materials' addressing the safety hazards associated with roof and rib or top and back falls. MSHA is issuing this package for operators to share with all Metal/Non-Metal miners working on, or near roof and ribs because:
  • Many new miners have been hired in recent years.
  • Many experienced miners were working in other job classifications at other mining operations where roof and rib conditions may have been less severe or different than the conditions they are currently working in.
  • All miners should periodically be reminded of the inherent hazards of roof and rib falls.
Please read this information, learn about accidents involving roof bolters and about measures you can take to prevent yourself from being involved in a similar accident. The life you save may be your own.

Please share this information with your co-workers and discuss it at safety meetings. If you have questions or need additional copies of this information, please contact Michael Getto by phone
at 304 547 2303 or by email at

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