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Blog Author Angelique Sanders

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Monday, January 09, 2012

Mining Deaths Second-Lowest In A Century

The Spokesman-Review in Washington state reported on Friday that:

Long wall mining. Photo by Markus Schweiss.
"The number of U.S. mining deaths last year was the second-lowest reported since statistics were first recorded in 1910, the U.S. Department of Labor says. Work-related accidents took the lives of 37 miners in 2011."

You can read the complete article here.

More details are available in the Mine Safety News blog, which has the complete MSHA press release, which reports:

"Of the 37 fatalities reported, 12 occurred at surface coal mines, 11 at surface metal/nonmetal mines, nine at underground coal mines and five at underground metal/nonmetal mines. Nine workers died in accidents involving machinery — six in coal mines and three in metal/nonmetal 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."

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