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November 06, 2012
MSHA reports record-low injury, fatality rates

Mining fatality and injury rates fell to an all-time low in 2011, according to data released by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA).

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The fatality rate for mining as a whole was 0.114 per 200,000 hours worked, and the all-injury rate was 2.73 per 200,000 hours. In coal mining, the fatal injury rate was 0.156 and the all-injury rate was 3.38. Both sets of figures represent declines from the previous year.

MSHA also released a third-quarter summary of mining deaths across the country. From July through September 2012, 11 deaths occurred in work-related accidents, six were in coal mining, and five were in metal/nonmetal mining.

Assistant Labor Secretary for Mining Joseph A. Main said that despite the improvement, more must be done. He reiterated that fatalities can be prevented by effective safety and health management programs, pre-shift and on-shift examinations, and effective and appropriate training.

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