Fri, 07 Sep 2012 12:33:15 GMT | By IANS

Discovery to show documentary on coal mining

Discovery channel is all set to show how and why the job of a coal miner is one of the world's most deadly and vital jobs around.

Discovery to show documentary on coal mining (© PTI)

The channel's new ten-part series 'Coal' will explore the workings of a modern coalmine and talk to people who undertake the potentially lethal, complex task of extracting this vital natural resource.

Every aspect of the job will be covered, from the dangers behind the super-charged explosions needed to open surface mines, to the daily dangers of working in the dark recesses of the earth's crust in a traditional shaft mine.

Discovery Channel's series 'Coal' will also explore the daily lives of miners who work long shifts, often hunched over - the size of the mine limited to the size of the coal seam, some as small as 32 inches.

"Men toil in cramped spaces doing a job their fathers and grandfathers did before them. At any moment a pillar could collapse, the makeshift roof could cave-in, or trapped methane gas could cause an explosion killing," said Rahul Johri, senior vice president and general manager, South Asia, Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific.

The show will air from September 9 every Sunday at 7 pm.

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