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US mining injuries, fatalities at all time low

Posted: October 18, 2012 - 12:04am

U.S. mining operations broke safety records in 2011 with the lowest recorded fatality and injury numbers for miners.

The rate of fatal injury for mining as a whole in 2011 was half 2010 numbers at 0.0114 per 200,000 hours worked, according to data recently released from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration. The all-injury rate made a modest drop from 2.81 to 2.73 per 200,000 hours worked.

The industry counts 11 accidental deaths for the months of July through September and 2012, according to MSHA’s third-quarter summary of U.S. mining deaths. Six fatalities occurred in coal mining and five in metal and nonmetal mining. A total of Nationwide, 31 miners have died in work related accidents in 2012. However, Alaska has recorded no mining fatalities for the year.

The fatalities occurred through falls, falling material, drowning and other accidents.

“Even though the mining industry has achieved historic low fatality and injury rates, we know that more needs to be done, and that fatalities and injuries are preventable,” Joseph A. Main assistant secretary of labor for mine safety and health said.

For more information visit www.msha.gov/fatals/summaries/summaries.asp.

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