at the coalface

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at the coalface

Actively doing a certain job. These reports are just speculation—they didn't consult anyone actually at the coalface. I earned my retirement after 30 years at the coalface.

at the coalface

mainly BRITISH
When people talk about what is happening at the coalface of a particular profession, they are talking about the thoughts and actions of the people who are actually doing the job. The problem is that middle management simply don't know what is going on at the coalface. The aim is to show politicians the impact of their policies at the coalface. Note: This expression is used to suggest that these are the people who really know about the profession. Note: In a coal mine, the coalface is the part where the coal is being cut out of the rock.

at the coalface

engaged in work at an active rather than a theoretical level in a particular field. British
1998 Town and Country Planning Workers at the coalface of sustainable development need these success stories.

at the ˈcoalface

(British English) where the real work is done, not just where people talk about it: Many of the best ideas come from doctors at the coalface.
A coalface is the place deep inside a mine where the coal is actually cut out of the rock.
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After a lifetime at the coal face, they will only receive statutory redundancy payments capped at 12 weeks of average pay.
What kind of standard does that set for people lower down the ranks in the health and social care system working at the coal face so to speak ?
Tenders are invited for hiring of contractual payloader to be deployed at the coal face for the work of loading and transportation of coal.
From the daily grind at the coal face to the story of the Easington Colliery disaster in 1951, the DVD pulls together rare archive footage.
It is also charged with exposing people to health and safety risks at the coal face and not ensuring the health and safety of its employees - including Mr Cameron.
He said: "CAFOD helps at the coal face - it gets money to disaster areas - but at the same time it also campaigns to try and bring about the change it believes in.
I WAS reading the letters in Tuesday's Evening Gazette and saw the letter from Councillor Ken Hall decrying the actions of the government in cutting finances due to the current financial crisis, who now wants to protect the jobs of 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.
By 2003, at age 49 years, he had spent 6 years at the coal face and 25 years as a roofbolter, ** and a chest radiograph indicated category 1/2 small opacities, suggesting simple pneumoconiosis.
In my letter about my time as a teenager working at the coal face in Abertridwr in the early 1940s (Viewpoints, March 20) I mentioned carrying a drinking jack like the boy pictured in the 1927 Echo flashback.
Oldenburg Stamler has won a R20 million order for its coal winning machines from Khutala coal mine in Mpumalanga, South Africa - after going head-to-head at the coal face against the equipment of a rival manufacturer.
PRINCESS Anne faced up to life at the coal face yesterday - more than two miles underground.
Apart from providing a wealth of information and analysis of what is happening at the coal face, this report will allow you to easily identify which market and product strategies are aligned with the future direction of the market, and which are not.
WALES lock Ian Gough is ready for a tough shift at the coal face against a revitalised Australian pack on Saturday.
The artists have sought inspiration from England's coalfields and have painted the portraits of those closest to it, from the early colliery owners to miners working at the coal face.