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[IWS] BLS: INJURIES, ILLNESSES, AND FATAL INJURIES IN MINING IN 2010 [4 February 2013]
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Institute for Workplace Studies----------------- Professor Samuel B. Bacharach
School of Industrial & Labor Relations-------- Director, Institute for Workplace Studies
16 East 34th Street, 4th floor---------------------- Stuart Basefsky
New York, NY 10016 -------------------------------Director, IWS News Bureau
Beyond the Numbers
January 2013, vol. 2, no. 1
INJURIES, ILLNESSES, AND FATAL INJURIES IN MINING IN 2010 [4 February 2013]
[full-text, 8 pages]
Fatal injuries in the mining industry declined throughout the 20th century. From 1900 to 1945 there were more than 1,000 fatal injuries every year in coal mining alone, according to the U.S. Department of Labor Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA).1 Since the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) began collecting fatal injury data in 1992, there have been no more than 60 fatal injuries in coal mining in any given year, and fewer than 200 fatal injuries per year for all workers in the mining industry as a whole. Despite such improvements, fatal injury rates in mining remain more than four times higher than the average for all industries, and high-profile accidents continue to make headlines. The explosion in the Upper Big Branch coal mine in West Virginia in April 2010 took the lives of 29 workers, which was more than the total number of fatal injuries in coal mining in 2009.2 Also in April 2010, an explosion and fire on the Deepwater Horizon offshore oil drilling platform in the Gulf of Mexico killed 11 workers. In total, there were 172 fatal work injuries in the mining industry during 2010.
In addition to the fatal work injuries, there were 15,500 recordable nonfatal injuries and illnesses in the mining industry during 2010, a rate of 2.3 incidents per 100 full-time workers. The number of nonfatal injuries and illnesses in the mining industry declined 12.4 percent from 2009.
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