August 5, 2014
22 miners were killed in the first half of 2014, compared to 18 in the first half of 2013, and 19 in the first half of 2012. Eight coal miners died during the first half of 2014. The other 14 deaths were in the metal and nonmetal mining sector.
The mojority of the mining deaths have been caused from accidents involving heavy equipment and machinery. Other miners died from falling, and/or being hit by heavy objects. One death was caused from an explosion.
MSHA recently sent out a statement reminding everyone that mining deaths are preventable if the proper safety procedures are consistently used.
“Mining fatalities are preventable, and they are a reminder that much more needs to be done to protect the nation’s miners,” says Joseph A. Main, assistant secretary of labor for mine safety and health. “These deaths should serve as a wake-up call for all of us to keep safety at the forefront at all times.”