MSHA Data Shows Mining Deaths at “All-Time Low” in FY2016

November 18, 2016

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MSHA Data Shows Mining Deaths at “All-Time Low” in FY2016
A coal miner in West Virginia. Image courtesy of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

Mining deaths in the United States reached an “all-time low” in the fiscal year of 2016 according to new data released Friday by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA).

The agency’s bi-annual “Data at a Glance” on mining deaths showed that fatality and injury rates during the fiscal year were “the lowest rates ever recorded” with 25 fatalities recorded during that period. In FY2015 38 mining fatalities were reported to MSHA. The injury rate moved from 2.39 in FY2015 to 2.14 in FY2016.

Earlier this year, MSHA released data showing that the calendar year of 2015 was the safest year for mining in American history.

Nine fatalities in coal mining were recorded in the past fiscal year from 15 deaths in FY2015, a drop that coincides with a decline in coal production. 736 million tons of coal was produced in America in FY2016, down from 943 million produced the year before.

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