MSHA announces midyear fatality numbers

Arlington, VA – Mining deaths were at an all-time low in the first half of this year, the Mine Safety and Health Administration announced July 27.

As of June 30, 14 miners had died (.pdf file) – eight in coal mines and six in metal and non-metal mines, MSHA said. Causes of death included machinery incidents, rib and roof collapses, powered haulage incidents, and falls.

However, three more miners died in July, including one (.pdf file) on the day of MSHA’s announcement, bringing the total to 17.

In a press release, MSHA administrator Joseph A. Main attributed the improved safety record to agency outreach, enforcement and the Rules to Live By fatality prevention program.

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