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Mine Safety and Health At a Glance

07/10/2014

Safety and health in America’s mining industry made significant strides during the 20th century and over the last 35 years in particular.  In 1978, the first year the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) operated under the new Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977, 242 miners died in mining accidents.  MSHA continues to work to reduce injuries, illnesses and death through strong enforcement as well as active outreach, education and training, and technical support to the mining industry.

All Mine Safety and Health

 

 

 

 

CY

 

 

 

 

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

Number of Mines

14,871

14,907

14,631

14,283

14,176

14,093

13,761

Number of Miners

378,123

392,746

355,720

361,176

381,209

387,878

374,522

Fatalities

67

53

35

71

37

36

41

Fatal Injury Rate1

.0199

.0156

.0119

.0234

.0114

.0110

.0129

All Injury Rate1

3.43

3.25

3.01

2.81

2.73

2.56

2.47

Total Mining Area Inspection

44

56

59

63

62

61

59

Hours/Mine2

Citations and Orders Issued3

144,074

173,551

173,088

170,110

156,476

139,072

118,619

S&S Citations and Orders (%)

29%

28%

30%

32%

29%

27%

27%

Dollar Amount Assessed (Millions)4

130.0

143.6

137.4

163.3

161.3

122.6

91.6

 


Coal Mine Safety and Health

 

 

 

 

CY

 

 

 

 

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

Number of Coal Mines

2,030

2,129

2,076

1,944

1,973

1,871

1,701

Number of Miners

122,936

133,828

134,089

135,500

143,437

137,650

123,259

Fatalities

34

30

18

48

21

20

20

Fatal Injury Rate1

.0293

.0237

.0148

.0384

.0156

.0159

.0176

All Injury Rate1

4.21

3.89

3.69

3.43

3.38

3.16

3.11

States with Coal Mining

26

26

26

26

26

26

26

Coal Production (Millions of Tons)

1,147

1,172

1,075

1,086

1,095

1,018

984

Total Mining Area Inspection

169

227

238

259

258

250

248

Hours/Mine2

FY Inspection Completion Rate (%)

83.8

100

100

100

100

100

100

Citations and Orders Issued3

84,143

106,797

101,922

96,390

93,146

78,924

63,493

S&S Citations and Orders (%)

35%

32%

30%

32%

32%

28%

29%

Dollar Amount Assessed (Millions)4

99.3

111.7

96.5

110.5

120.2

89.3

62.9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Metal and Nonmetal Mine Safety and Health

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CY

 

 

 

 

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

Number of Metal/Nonmetal Mines

12,841

12,778

12,555

12,339

12,203

12,222

12,060

Number of Miners

255,187

258,918

221,631

225,676

237,772

250,228

251,263

Fatalities

33

23

17

23

16

16

21

Fatal Injury Rate1

.0149

.0107

.0098

.0129

.0084

.0079

.0103

All Injury Rate1

3.02

2.87

2.54

2.37

2.28

2.19

2.11

States with M/NM Mining

50

50

50

50

50

50

50

Total Mining Area Inspection

19

21

22

23

23

22

22

Hours/Mine2

FY Inspection Completion Rate (%)

87.5

100

100

100

100

100

100*

Citations and Orders Issued3

59,931

66,756

71,166

73,720

63,330

60,148

55,126

S&S Citations and Orders (%)

22%

21%

29%

32%

26%

26%

25%

Dollar Amount Assessed (Millions)4

30.7

31.9

40.9

52.8

41.1

33.3

28.7

 

*MNM completed 16,272 regular inspections in 2013.  Primarily because of the number of intermittent operations in MNM, its inspectors attempted but could not conduct another 437 regular inspections.  MNM conducted 100% of mandatory inspections at mines available for inspection in 2013.

Mine Contractors

 

 

 

 

CY

 

 

 

 

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

Coal Fatalities

6

12

8

4

7

2

2

MNM Fatalities

12

6

6

10

4

3

2

Total Fatalities

18

18

14

14

11

5

4

Coal Fatal Injury Rate1

.0264

.0456

.0331

.0158

.0258

.0077

.0088

MNM Fatal Injury Rate1

.0315

.0150

.0211

.0326

.0108

.0072

.0046

Total Fatal Injury Rate1

.0296

.0271

.0266

.0250

.0172

.0074

.0061

 

1-Reported injuries per 200,000 hours worked
2-Total Mining Area Time includes: On-site Inspection Time (M/NM), MMU Pit Time (Coal), Outby Area Time (Coal), Surface Area Time (Coal), Citation/Order writing On-Site.  On-site inspection hours represent hours entered by Authorized Representatives of the Secretary (AR) for certain inspection activities and task codes.
3-Citations and orders are those not vacated
4- Based on date issued.  Data for 2013 are not yet available.

 

For more information:

www.msha.gov - MSHA Office of Program Education and Outreach Services, (202) 693-9400