A look into the preperations every miner makes before going underground, and the equipment they use to safely mine coal when they reach the coal face. Safety is the biggest concern for any mining team and important steps are taken to ensure a miners safe return.
At the coalface itself, the men work under the protection of a bank of over 100 powered roof supports, which support the roof as coal is cut from the seam. The roof supports also provide protection for an armoured face conveyor, onto which coal falls as it is cut by a coal-cutting machine known as a shearer.
UK Coal operates a broad mining and regeneration portfolio which supplies around 6% of the UK's energy needs.