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Year : 1996  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 53-56

Accidents in Nigerian coal mines

Department of Community Medicine, College of Medicine University of Nigeria, Enugu Campu, Enugu, Nigeria

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A descriptive study identifying the various factors affecting accident distribution in the mines, was carried out in Enugu, the capital of Enugu State of Nigeria. The study population comprised of underground miners, who were followed up for period of six months, during which data were collected on a monthly basis, using structured questionnaires. A total of 142 accidents were recorded giving an incidence rate of 430 per 1000. Falls off the roof and haulage accidents accounted for 46.5% and 23.2% of all types of accidents respectively. Statistically significant relationship were established between age, type of job, mining experience and accident. The effects of the working environment on accidents were assessed and strategies for the reduction of the high rate of accidents discussed.

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