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August 15, 2017

MSHA: Coal Mining Deaths Reach Double Digit Numbers in 2017

The number of mining fatalities in 2017 already is outpacing last year’s count as of the end of July, according to MSHA.

Three separate accidents at different worksites bring the total number to 10 deaths this year, with metal and nonmetal and machinery incidents combined. MSHA released the details of the three fatalities as “fatalgrams,” which provide a brief description as well as best practices for preventing similar occurrences.

The first incident, which happened on July 14, involved a part-time mine employee who was moving irrigation pipe by hand. The worker was electrocuted when the pipe came in contact with high voltage transmission lines overhead. MSHA provided the following guidelines for similar circumstances:

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