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Mine Safety and Health At a Glance: Calendar Year

U.S. Mining fatalities CY 1978-2016

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Last updated: July 7, 2017

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A comparative, annualized look at the seven most recent calendar years of Coal and MNM activity, such as, employment, production, citation and assessment data. Specifically, this report covers detailed data for CY 2010-2016.

All Mine Safety and Health

                                                                                            CY

 

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

Number of Mines

14,283

14,176

14,093

13,761

13,608

13,299

  13,089

Number of Miners*

361,176

381,209

387,878

374,522

366,584

349,898

318,723

Fatalities*

72

36

36

42

46

29

25

Fatal Injury Rate1*

.0237

.0110

.0110

.0132

.0148

.0099

.0095

All Injury Rate1*

2.81

2.75

2.56

2.49

2.46

2.30

2.19

Total Mining Area Inspection Hours/Mine2

63

62

61

59

58

56

55

Citations and Orders Issued3, 4

170,064

156,360

138,934

118,140

121,120

107,790

97,255

S&S Citations and Orders (%)

32%

29%

26%

25%

24%

24%

22%

Dollar Amount Assessed (Millions)4

162.3

161.1

123.2

94.6

97.1

65.4

52.0

*Values are all inclusive of operator and contractor employees.

Coal Mine Safety and Health
                                                                                                                                               CY

 

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

Number of Coal Mines

1,944

1,973

1,871

1,701

1,632

1,460

1,289

Number of Miners*

135,500

143,437

137,650

123,259

116,010

102,804

81,883

Fatalities*

48

20

20

20

16

12

8

Fatal Injury Rate1*

.0384

.0148

.0159

.0176

.0150

.0131

.0115

All Injury Rate1*

3.43

3.43

3.16

3.11

3.11

2.91

2.89

States with Coal Mining

26

26

26

26

26

26

26

Coal Production (Millions of Tons)

1,086

1,095

1,018

984

1,000

897

727

Total Mining Area Inspection Hours/Mine2

259

258

250

248

252

245

246

FY Inspection Completion Rate (%)

100

100

100

100

100

100

100

Citations and Orders Issued3, 4

     96,351

     93,059

   78,848

   63,183

   62,485

   49,370

   40,596

S&S Citations and Orders (%)

32%

31%

27%

26%

25%

23%

21%

Dollar Amount Assessed (Millions)4

110.2

119.9

89.6

65.1

63.3

37.3

25.9

*Values are all inclusive of operator and contractor employees.

Metal and Nonmetal Mine Safety and Health

                                                                                             CY

 

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

Number of Metal/Nonmetal Mines

12,339

12,203

12,222

12,060

11,976

11,839

11,800

Number of Miners*

225,676

237,772

250,228

251,263

250,574

247,094

236,840

Fatalities*

24

16

16

22

30

17

17

Fatal Injury Rate1*

.0134

.0084

.0079

.0108

.0147

.0084

.0088

All Injury Rate1*

2.37

2.28

2.19

2.13

2.10

2.02

1.94

States with M/NM Mining

50

50

50

50

50

50

50

Total Mining Area Inspection Hours/Mine2

23

23

22

22

23

23

23

FY Inspection Completion Rate (%)

100

100

100

100

100

100

100**

Citations and Orders Issued3, 4

 73,713

 63,301

 60,086

 54,957

 58,635

 58,420

 56,659

S&S Citations and Orders (%)

31%

26%

25%

24%

24%

24%

23%

Dollar Amount Assessed (Millions)4

52.1

41.2

33.6

29.5

33.8

28.1

26.1

*Values are all inclusive of operator and contractor employees.

**Figure excludes regular inspections that could not be conducted because of the number of intermittent operations in MNM, where inspectors attempted but could not conduct the inspection.  Therefore, MNM conducted 100% of mandatory inspections at mines available for inspection in 2016.

Mine Contractors

                                                                                             CY

 

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

Coal Fatalities5

4

6

2

2

3

2

0

MNM Fatalities5

10

4

3

2

9

6

5

Total Fatalities5

14

10

5

4

12

8

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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-Citations and Orders issued, and Dollar Amount Assessed, are based on issue date. Therefore, citation counts and dollars assessed can fluctuate, upwards or downwards, depending on the date information was pulled. For example, numbers tend to fluctuate downwards when an issued citation is either conferenced or contested and is subsequently vacated. Dollars assessed can fluctuate upwards when there is a lag time between the issuance date and the assessed date.
5-Contractor fatalities are not exclusive to those reported in the All Mine Safety and Health; Coal Mine Safety and Health; and, Metal and Nonmetal Mine Safety and Health sections of this report.

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