Friedman said miners typically work 47 to 48 hours a week, doing multiple shifts of 10 to 12 hours, which is above the national average for workers, which is about 38 hours a week. Miners often work in shifts, and may work for 10 days at a time. Some go down before dawn and return seven to 12 hours later. Teresa Lenich says her son told her that the miners were pressured to work overtime, and that he felt the work he did on the night shift required twice as many miners as were assigned.
Under Pennsylvania state law, the company operating the mine is required to provide the miner with the necessary proppants, but the miner must place them in locations designated by the mine manager.