Miners actually face serious issues; coal dust inhalation, being buried alive . . . . .
Lot's of miners here where I live. Black lung is caused by coal dust.
30 years ago, I worked at a job with two brothers who were displaced coal miners. These two were good men. One ran a mining machine and had the roof collapse on his machine. It only hurt his legs some, since he was protected by a cage over the miner and not enough rock fell to crush the cage.
The other worked as a roof bolter. He had to drill into the ceiling and install long bolts to secure it from falling. Forgive me(miners) if I'm wrong, but I believe they were eight feet long bolts. He had to tap the ceiling and listen for an odd dead sound to know if the roof was loose and where to drill. Yes, rock fell when he was drilling, but he never got injured.
Also, the second guy worked low coal using a mining machine and holding onto it by hand. Low coal is like a ceiling of four feet and less.
Big money for a very dangerous job. Special men and women work coal. Kudos to them.
Not meant to be a lecture, the post reminded me and I wanted to share cause I figured few out there know much about it.