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Mine Safety and Health At a Glance: Fiscal Year

U.S. Mining fatalities FY 1978-2016

MSHA’s Mine Safety and Health at a Glance page is updated biannually.
Last updated: Nov 15, 2016

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All Mine Safety and Health

                                                                                            FY

  2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Number of Mines 14,493 14,370 14,273 14,006 13,768 13,510 13,185
Number of Miners* 358,826 380,022 393,966 378,652 372,716 359,565 326,023
Fatalities* 65 36 44 34 48 38 25
Fatal Injury Rate1* .0219 .0112 .0133 .0106 .0154 .0126 .0094
All Injury Rate1* 2.86 2.77 2.65 2.48 2.46 2.39 2.14
Total Mining Area Inspection Hours/Mine2 59 59 59 56 56 54 52
Citations and Orders Issued3, 4 172,088 157,627 144,934 121,979 119,839 112,342 96,908
S&S Citations and Orders (%) 32% 29% 27% 25% 25% 24% 23%
Dollar Amount Assessed (Millions)4 159.7 149.6 143.6 96.0 99.0 71.6 47.8

*Values are all inclusive of operator and contractor employees.

Coal Mine Safety and Health

                                                                                             FY

  2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Number of Coal Mines 1,974 1,996 1,933 1,750 1,652 1,515      1,325
Number of Miners* 133,793 143,553 143,646 126,388 118,294 108,679 85,397
Fatalities* 50 16 24 18 18 15 9
Fatal Injury Rate1* .0412 .0120 .0183 .0156 .0166 .0154 .0125
All Injury Rate1* 3.49 3.46 3.29 3.11 3.12 3.05 2.76
States with Coal Mining 26 26 26 26 26 26          26
Coal Production (Millions of Tons) 1,070 1,089 1,051 994 986 943 736
Total Mining Area Inspection Hours/Mine2 257 258 250 249 246 247  244
FY Inspection Completion Rate (%) 100 100 100 100 100 100 100
Citations and Orders Issued3, 4      97,573      93,033    83,680    65,388    62,225    53,280 40,390
S&S Citations and Orders (%) 31% 31% 28% 26% 25% 24%      22%
Dollar Amount Assessed (Millions)4 107.3 108.4 107.5 67.4 64.3 43.5 23.7

*Values are all inclusive of operator and contractor employees.

Metal and Nonmetal Mine Safety and Health

                                                                                            FY

  2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Number of Metal/Nonmetal Mines 12,519 12,374 12,340 12,256 12,116 11,995    11,860
Number of Miners* 225,033 236,469 250,320 252,264 254,422 250,886 240,626
Fatalities* 15 20 20 16 30 23 16
Fatal Injury Rate1* .0085 .0106 .0100 .0078 .0147 .0113 .0082
All Injury Rate1* 2.43 2.29 2.23 2.13 2.11 2.07 1.91
States with M/NM Mining 50 50 50 50 50 50 50
Total Mining Area Inspection Hours/Mine2 22 21 22 21 22 22   21
FY Inspection Completion Rate (%) 100 100 100 100 100 100 100
Citations and Orders Issued3, 4      74,515      64,594    61,254    56,591    57,614    59,062 56,518
S&S Citations and Orders (%) 32% 27% 25% 24% 24% 24%    24%
Dollar Amount Assessed (Millions)4 52.4 41.2 36.1 28.6 34.7 28.1 24.1

*Values are all inclusive of operator and contractor employees.

**MNM completed 16,602 regular inspections in 2015.  Primarily because of the number of intermittent operations in MNM, its inspectors attempted but could not conduct another 703 regular inspections.  MNM conducted 100% of mandatory inspections at mines available for inspection in 2015.

Mine Contractors

                                                                                            FY

  2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Coal Fatalities5 6 5 4 2 2 3 0
MNM Fatalities5 6 6 4 2 6 9 5
Total Fatalities5 12 11 8 4 8 12 5
Coal Fatal Injury Rate1 .0249 .0182 .0148 .0086 .0094 .0152 .0000
MNM Fatal Injury Rate1 .0204 .0168 .0096 .0046 .0145 .0232 .0148
Total Fatal Injury Rate1 .0224 .0174 .0117 .0060 .0127 .0205 .0105

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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