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December 13, 1941

Government Services

JAMA. 1941;117(24):2088. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820500070021

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First Aid Training by Bureau of Mines  The U. S. Bureau of Mines, Washington, D. C., during the last fiscal year gave first aid training to nearly 100,000 persons, raising the total number of persons who have received first aid certificates from the bureau of mines to more than 1,375,000. The bureau has also given instruction in the use of gas masks and in methods of handling explosions and fires in mines to about 75,000 persons. Nevertheless, in coal mines during the year there were seven major disasters with a total of 155 deaths, as compared with three major disasters and 206 deaths for the fiscal year 1940. To help reduce injuries in coal mines, the Congress of the United States passed on May 7 the Federal Mine Inspection Act, which empowers the Bureau of Mines to make inspections and investigations in coal mines. A corps of mine inspectors will

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