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Coal Miners

Work Environment

Coal mining is hard work involving harsh and sometimes hazardous conditions. Workers in surface mines are outdoors in all kinds of weather, while those underground work in tunnels that are cramped, dark, dusty, wet, and cold. They are all subjected to loud noise from the machinery and work that is physically demanding and dirty. The National Mining Association reports that coal miners worked an average of 47 hours per week in 2018. 

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