Two reports offer insight into the personality and working conditions of the Kentucky Coal miner. Dr. George E. Dickinson's survey measures death anxiety among miners; Dr. Stuart S. Sprague's correlated report tracks the often volatile effort to legislate and enforce safety regulations. Both reports arrive at one perhaps startling conclusion: many miners agree - and are somewhat supported by statistics - that they themselves are most frequently to blame for accidents.
Dickinson, George E. and Sprague, Stuart Seely, "Anxiety and Safety: Two Studies ol the Kentucky Coal Miner" (1986). Faculty Research at Morehead State University. 954.