Mining Deaths on the Rise, Says Mine Safety and Health Report
On Monday July 28, 2014, the U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration released its mid-year summary of fatal accidents in the mining industry. According to the report, mining deaths in the first half of 2014 have increased compared to the same period last year.
Statistics from the Mine Safety and Health report include:
- 22 mining deaths during the first six months of 2014.
- There were 18 mining deaths during the first half of 2013, and 19 in during the first half of 2012.
- 8 coal miners died in the first half of 2014.
- 14 workers in other mines, including metal and nonmetal mining, were killed on the job.
The report mentioned causes of the fatal accidents, which included accidents where miners were "caught-between" heavy equipment, fell from heights, or were hit by falling objects. Officials from the Mine Safety and Health Administration also stated that the mining deaths were preventable, and that the industry needs to focus more intently on protecting the safety of workers.
The recent safety and health reports shed light on how dangerous the mining industry truly is. To protect worker safety, the federal government compiles these statistics to track whether companies are making safety a priority. They also conduct regular inspections, including one that concluded just last month.
Four days before the mid-year summary report was released, the Mine Safety and Health Administration announced the results of their June inspections. According the MSHA announcement, federal inspectors issued 186 citations, 25 orders, and one safeguard. Inspections were conducted at 11 coal mines and two metal and nonmetal mines.
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