Tuesday, October 27, 2015

MSHA releases mining death statistics for 2015 fiscal year

WASHINGTON, D.C— The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration announced a summary Monday of mining deaths in the United States from July 1 through Sept. 30.

Seven fatalities occurred in industry accidents in that time period. In the first nine months of 2015, 25 fatalities occurred, eight fewer than in the same period last year.

“These deaths remind us why we must continue our vigilance and ensure effective safety and health programs are at work throughout the industry,” said Joseph A. Main, assistant secretary of labor for mine safety and health. “The hard-working men and women of the mining industry deserve no less.”

Fourteen miners died on the job in mines in the 2015 fiscal year, which ended on Sept. 30. Half of those were in the third quarter, which saw seven miners die.