Mining safety expert and Sammies finalist talks efforts to improve worker conditions

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Mining accidents kill or injure thousands every year. One reason is poor illumination deep in mines. John Sammarco has made it his life’s work to devise better mine lighting systems and convince mine operators to install them. He is principal research engineer at the Pittsburgh Mining Research Division of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and a finalist in this year’s Service to America Medals. He joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss his work.

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