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District 5 - Coal Mine Safety and Health
Hazard Alert - Methane Explosion

Hazard Alert Message

Continuous Mining Machine Operator

The potential for underground coal mine disasters is greatest from the first of October to the end of March. Mine explosions occur more frequently in the winter months. Effective explosion prevention demands that employees pay special attention to mines or sections of mines where explosion hazards could develop. All miners should be involved in the efforts to control conditions that could contribute to ignitions, explosions or fire hazards. Everybody has a stake in controlling these conditions because the vigilance of many can be offset by the unsafe acts of one.

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