Mine Safety and Health At a Glance: Calendar Year

U.S. Mining fatalities CY 1978-2017

7/17/2018  

U.S. Department of Labor
Mine Safety and Health Administration

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 2011-2017.

All Mine Safety and Health

                                                                                            CY

 

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

Number of Mines

14,178

14,098

13,805

13,623

13,321

  13,104

  13,091

Number of Miners*

382,368

389,002

374,879

367,074

350,140

319,078

321,240

Fatalities*

36

36

42

46

29

25

28

Fatal Injury Rate1*

.0110

.0110

.0132

.0148

.0099

.0095

.0103

All Injury Rate1*

2.75

2.59

2.50

2.47

2.31

2.19

2.17

Total Mining Area Inspection Hours/Mine2

62

62

59

58

56

55

56

Citations and Orders Issued3, 4

156,330

138,910

118,118

121,053

107,696

97,050

104,792

S&S Citations and Orders (%)

29%

27%

25%

25%

24%

22%

22%

Dollar Amount Assessed (Millions)4

161.1

123.2

94.6

97.1

65.4

52.0

55.5

*Values are all inclusive of operator and contractor employees.

Coal Mine Safety and Health

                                                                                             CY

 

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

Number of Coal Mines

1,972

1,871

1,704

1,633

1,459

1,289

     1,216

Number of Miners*

143,940

138,338

123,446

116,318

102,871

81,875

83,053

Fatalities*

20

20

20

16

12

8

15

Fatal Injury Rate1*

.0148

.0159

.0176

.0149

.0131

.0115

.0200

All Injury Rate1*

3.43

3.21

3.15

3.15

2.93

2.91

3.18

States with Coal Mining

26

26

26

26

26

26

25

Coal Production (Millions of Tons)

1,095

1,018

984

1,000

897

728

770

Total Mining Area Inspection Hours/Mine2

258

250

249

252

245

246

252

CY Inspection Completion Rate (%)

100

100

100

100

100

100

100

Citations and Orders Issued3, 4

93,053

78,839

63,170

62,455

49,324

40,529

46,819

S&S Citations and Orders (%)

32%

28%

26%

25%

23%

21%

21%

Dollar Amount Assessed (Millions)4

119.9

89.6

65.1

63.3

37.3

25.9

26.9

*Values are all inclusive of operator and contractor employees.

Metal and Nonmetal Mine Safety and Health

                                                                                            CY

 

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

Number of Metal/Nonmetal Mines

12,206

12,227

12,101

11,990

11,862

11,815

   11,875

Number of Miners*

238,428

250,664

251,433

250,576

247,269

237,203

238,187

Fatalities*

16

16

22

30

17

17

13

Fatal Injury Rate1*

.0083

.0079

.0108

.0147

.0084

.0088

.0066

All Injury Rate1*

2.28

2.20

2.14

2.11

2.03

1.94

1.78

States with M/NM Mining

50

50

50

50

50

50

50

Total Mining Area Inspection Hours/Mine2

23

23

22

23

24

23

24

CY Inspection Completion Rate (%)

100

100

100

100

100

100**

100**

Citations and Orders Issued3, 4

63,277

60,071

54,948

58,598

58,372

56,521

57,973

S&S Citations and Orders (%)

26%

25%

24%

24%

25%

23%

22%

Dollar Amount Assessed (Millions)4

41.2

33.6

29.5

33.8

28.1

26.1

28.6

*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 2017.

Mine Contractors

                                                                                              CY

 

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

Coal Fatalities5

6

2

2

3

2

0

1

MNM Fatalities5

4

3

2

9

6

5

1

Total Fatalities5

10

5

4

12

8

5

2

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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