coal face


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coal face

A popular UK term that is the metaphorical equivalent of the “trenches” or “front line”.

Example
“Doctors who work in non-clinical roles often forget the challenges of the coal face”.
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He then went to inspect three stones, at the top of the coal face, which looked to be part of an old building, the inquiry at Stirling Sheriff Court was told.
At the same time, according to the compaction rate of the gob area at different distances behind the coal face obtained from 3D simulation, the dynamic evolution rule of the drainage borehole deformation and failure behind the coal face was retrieved from the subsidence of the roof node of the caving zone.
After stopping off at Choppington "A" Pit, the film heads for Shilbottle Colliery and Eccles Colliery in North Tyneside, with underground scenes of miners at work, undercutting the coal face.
A good way to protect the workers at the coal face.
John had some terrifying experiences, such as the occasion when he was using a cutting machine at the coal face.
A spokesman said: "Coal face production has been halted, but other mining operations at Kellingley are continuing as normal."
In 2001, after 30 years working in jobs at the coal face and roofbolting, he had category 0/1 small opacities.
But this misstep--a rare example of going a bridge too far--only fleetingly detracted from a show that offered numerous chains of fugitive diamonds sourced from the coal face of the everyday and that, in the process, performed a feat that art should pull off more regularly: making one feel better about being alive right now.
David Powell, 50, Philip Hill, 44, and Charles Breslin, 62, were close to the coal face being blasted and all died.
An inquest in Huddersfield heard that the 84-year-old had worked down the mines on the coal face and was also in charge of miners.
I remember as a child on a day in June, just before the Miners' Fortnight holidays, watching the pit ponies being brought to the surface from the coal face in the cage normally used to transport pitmen.
Work from 1986 onwards as a coal face worker at a non-mechanised coal face, and for certain other categories, can be included."