This is a training course for all mine personnel involved in underground mining.
Falls of roof have always been a hazard in underground mines. Many miners have lost their lives to roof falls, but these types of accidents are becoming less common as ground control practices have improved. A combination of research, stronger regulations, and best practices by companies have made it less likely that today's miners will be injured or killed by falling rock. Miners must recognize the hazards, however, as well as the need to install ground supports correctly, and protect themselves and their co-workers from ground fall accidents.
While the mandates of the mining regulatory agencies are law in the US, they are also comprehensive enough to be considered best practice for mining in countries throughout the world.
The author is a Certified Mine Safety Professional as well as an MSHA Certified Instructor for both surface and underground. This course material was developed originally for the US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and is compliant with MSHA regulations.
This course is presented as four learning sessions, using video, text and image content, and an interactive review session of randomly-selected multiple-choice questions. Course duration is equivalent to approximately 3 hours of learning content.