A new outreach program focuses on reducing the number of mining deaths because of roof and rib falls or coal bursts.

Despite advancements in roof control technology for underground coal mines, roof and rib falls or coal bursts continue to top the lists of mining injuries, according to the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA).

As a response, the annual Preventive Roof/Rib Outreach Program (PROP), which runs through September, will educate mine workers and operators during agency inspections.