(Reuters) – More than 10 percent of America’s coal miners with 25 or more years of experience have black lung disease, the highest rate recorded in roughly two…

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Many families worked for up to 12 hours each day, and for 6 days a week. The only days off would be Sundays and holy-days like Christmas or…

Coal mine

After Congress passed the Federal Coal Mine Health and Safety Act in 1969, which made the elimination of black lung a national goal, coal workers’ pneumoconiosis dropped to…

Coal mine

Living in heavily mined areas increases the risk of lung cancer and respiratory disease. Levels of exposure to pollution are highest in areas with the most mountaintop removal….

Coal mine

There are on-the-job risks of mining that include accidents like cave-ins, floods, gas explosions, chemical leakage to name a few. Health risks also increase manifold because of the…

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The average life expectancy in the coal mines for those starting work at 15 y was found to be 58.91 y and 49.23 y for surface and underground…

Coal mine

Working in coal mines is dangerous — miners have to deal with toxic gases, plus the threat of being crushed, drowned, or injured from fires and explosions. Some…

Coal mine