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8/15/07: Mine Safety

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Rescuers walk past a roof bolter near the blocked tunnel in the Crandall Canyon mine, where six coal miners are trapped.

By Doug Fabrizio

Salt Lake City, UT – The history of coal mining is fraught with cave-ins and accidents, and, as events unfolding at the Crandall Canyon mine in Utah show, excavating the riches of the planet remains a dangerous business.

Wednesday, Doug talks with mine historians and others about mining practices past and present, current safety standards, and what more can be done to keep miners out of harm's way.

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