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Why Are Active Mines Dangerous?

photo of mine activityActive mines are very busy places. Mining is a dangerous business, even with modern equipment and safety rules. Cliffs and piles of rock and dirt are very unstable and are changing constantly. Large machines and trucks travel quickly moving tons of material at a time. Some of the trucks on a mine site can weigh over 300 tons. It is very difficult for operators of these machines to see children, and it is even harder to stop a fully loaded truck to avoid a young person who gets in the way.