From the cab of the haul truck, you can see for miles across the dark, jagged edges of the coal mine. A dragline sits idle while a man in a blue hard hat leans an elbow on the hood of his white pickup truck, staring off into the distance.

What you can’t see through the windshield, more than 20 feet off the ground, are the vehicles and people in your blind spot: The four men conferring in a cluster near your front tire or the pickup idling less than 100 feet from the back of the truck.

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