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MSHA releases preliminary 2011 fatality data

Posted By Tina Grady Barbaccia On January 26, 2012 @ 4:28 am In Aggbeat Online | No Comments

Preliminary data from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) released on Jan. 5 reveal that 37 miners died in work-related accidents at the nation’s mines in 2011.

There were 21 coal mining and 16 metal/non-metal mining fatalities last year, compared with 48 and 23, respectively, in 2010, making 2011 the year with the second-lowest number of mining deaths since statistics were first recorded in 1910.

Of the 37 fatalities reported, 12 occurred at surface coal mines, 11 at surface metal/non-metal mines, nine at underground coal mines and five at underground metal/non-metal mines. Nine workers died in accidents involving machinery – six in coal mines and three in metal/non-metal mines – making it the leading cause of fatal mining accidents.

Kentucky had the most mining deaths – eight – in 2011, followed by West Virginia with six and Ohio with three. All but one of those deaths occurred in coal mines. Several of the larger coal-producing states, including Alabama, Pennsylvania, Illinois, and Utah, experienced zero mine fatalities last year.

For the press release from MSHA on the preliminary fatality data from 2011, click here. [1]

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[1] For the press release from MSHA on the preliminary fatality data from 2011, click here.: http://www.msha.gov/MEDIA/PRESS/2012/NR120105.pdf

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