ID#: 9558
This historic image, provided by the Center for Disease Control's (CDC), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), depicted two miners inside a coal mine as they were operating a mechanized coal bin loader. The loader was excavating raw ore from the walls of the mineshaft, and then dumping the ore into a wooden railcar. Of importance, was the fact that neither miner was wearing protective breathing gear, which would have filtered the dust-laden air prior to inhalation by the miners. Due to the inescapable presence of airborne coal dust in the small confines of a mine, miners are predisposed to the long-term negative health effects of this profession such as black lung disease, or coal-workers’ pneumoconiosis (CWP).
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Content Provider(s): CDC/ Barbara Jenkins, NIOSH
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