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April 12, 2016

MSHA: 2015 Was Safest Year on Record for Mining Industry

Arlington, VA – The Mine Safety and Health Administration is calling 2015 “the safest year in mining history” based on preliminary fatality and injury data released April 7.

Last year was the safest in terms of both number of fatalities and rates of death and injury, which are based on hours of miner exposure, according to MSHA. In 2015, 28 miners died, down from 45 the previous year. In comparison, 242 miners died in 1978, the first year of existence for MSHA.

The 2015 fatal injury rate was 0.0096 reported injuries per 200,000 hours worked, according to the data from MSHA. The rate was 0.0144 in 2014 and 0.0110 in both 2011 and 2012.

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