In the wake of two tragic events, the Minneapolis bridge collapse and the Utah mine roof collapse, NIOSH prepared and posted to our Web site resources for rescue and recovery workers. The August 2 NIOSH Update at www.cdc.gov/niosh/updates/ upd-08-02-07.html, describes strategic measures workers can take to avoid occupational hazards at rescue and recovery sites.
Additional resources are available on the NIOSH Emergency Response topic page at www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/emres/natural.html. The August 7 Update, www.cdc.gov/niosh/updates/upd-08-07-07.html, focuses on resources for mine operators and mine workers to avoid risk of roof falls, to anticipate hazards in retreat mining operations, and to design safe mining operations. Additional information can be found on the NIOSH Mining Web page at www.cdc.gov/niosh/mining.