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MSHA: 18 mining deaths in first half of 2015

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Arlington, VA – Eighteen miners died during the first half of 2015, down from 22 deaths during the first six months of 2014, according to the Mine Safety and Health Administration.

Ten deaths occurred at metal and non-metal mines, including eight at surface mines. Eight died in coal mines; of those, six were in underground mines.

Other findings:

  • The most common cause of death was machinery and powered haulage incidents, resulting in eight deaths.
  • Six miners were contractors, five were supervisors and one was a mine operator.
  • Half of the metal and non-metal fatalities were at small mines with fewer than 10 workers.

MSHA detailed the incidents and highlighted ways to prevent similar incidents in the future. In a press release, the agency emphasized the importance of examining workplaces to identify and correct hazards before and during shifts. Training is crucial for workers to know how to control and eliminate hazards, the agency added.

MSHA has taken measures to prevent deaths and injuries, including:

  • Impact inspections at mines with “troubling compliance histories”
  • Enhanced pattern of violations actions
  • Initiatives such as “Rules to Live By”
  • Outreach