Report: APP CMHS Project 1

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3.6. USA

With more than 600 underground coal mines in U.S. some leading safety technologies have been developed in the U.S. coal mines. As coal will continue to play a dominant role in electricity generation in the coming decades and a number of fatal accidents have occurred in recent years, the coal mines in U.S. is facing a number of safety challenges. New safety practices and technologies will need to be developed to improve the coal mine safety and health.

Brief descriptions of the leading safety practices and technologies applied to the U.S. coal mines are given in this section and then followed by the analysis of the current needs and future requirements of safety and health hazards. The main hazards in the U.S coal mines include explosions of gas and dust, respirable dust and strata control. As such this section will start with safety and health management, and then describe explosions of gas and dust, respirable dust and roof fall.

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