Engineers Attack the "No. One Killer" in Coal Mining: The Bureau of Mines and the Promotion of Roof Bolting, 1947-1969.


In 1948 roof falls were the number one killer of coal miners in America. While the Bureau of Mines had been formed in 1910 to improve coalmine safety, it had largely focused on explosions, for which technological solutions appeared to exist. Roof falls, by contrast, were not amenable to a technical fix. Beginning in 1948, however, the Bureau discovered roof… (More)
DOI: 10.1353/tech.2016.0022


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