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"As we have found out in the United States and different parts of the globe, the miner has one of the most dangerous jobs in the world," says Gardere. "Not only can they experience a cave-in resulting in death or injury, but many must deal with the long-term effects of exposure to coal, especially black lung disease. Live life to the fullest when aboveground by surrounding oneself with family, friends and a peer support group. This can help in making the job below ground less hazardous and difficult." (Above: A miner stands near the mine where rescue workers searched for trapped colleagues in Sabinas, Mexico.) Reuters