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    :: Monday, February 20, 2006 ::

    Shovels don't have daughters - Confined Space
    Deep mining has been claiming the headlines lately but a great deal of mining is done on the surface -- strip mining. You don't have to worry about cave ins or methane explosions but it is still dirty, dangerous work. And it carries hidden hazards. Like rock lung. The Appalachian Media Center works with young people in central Appalachia to document the oral history of central Kentucky, and recently Autumn Campbell interviewed her father, Danny, who worked at a Kentucky strip mine until he became disabled. He is only 56 years old but can't even walk from one end of his kitchen to the other without getting out of breath. Danny Campbell has 'rock lung,' silicosis, a scarring of the lungs from breathing in free silica (quartz). Miners die of it. Needlessly.
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