Improving Escape from Underground Coal Mines -- New Report


A new report from the National Research Council recommends essential components for improving "self-escape" from an underground mine during an emergency using available resources.  The report looks at the knowledge, tools, and training that an individual or team of miners would need to successfully escape a mining emergency -- including judgment and decision making under conditions of uncertainty and stress, training of personnel in high-risk professions, technological advancements that may facilitate self-escape, physiological and biomechanical effects of stress, and systems approaches to improve the likelihood of successful self-escape.


Advance copies of Improving Self-Escape From Underground Coal Mines will be available to reporters only starting at 1 p.m. EDT Wednesday, March 13. The report is embargoed and not for public release before 11 a.m. EDT Thursday, March 14. To obtain an embargoed copy, contact the National Academies' Office of News and Public Information; tel. 202-334-2138 or e-mail More information about the project can be found at