Mine Safety and Health At a Glance: Calendar Year

U.S. Mining fatalities CY 1978-2017

1/30/2018

[Preliminary – data subject to change; final data for 2017 will be provided in July 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

All Mine Safety and Health reports covering detailed data for CY 2011-2017

 

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

Number of Mines

14,178

14,098

13,805

13,623

13,321

 13,104

 13,015

Number of Miners*

382,368

389,002

374,879

367,074

350,140

319,078

319,465

Fatalities*

36

36

42

46

29

25

28

Fatal Injury Rate1*

.0110

.0110

.0132

.0148

.0099

.0095

.0104

All Injury Rate1*

2.75

2.59

2.50

2.47

2.31

2.19

2.15

Total Mining Area Inspection Hours/Mine2

62

62

59

58

56

55

56

Citations and Orders Issued3, 4

156,337

138,921

118,135

121,112

107,733

97,075

105,151

S&S Citations and Orders (%)

29%

27%

25%

25%

24%

22%

22%

Dollar Amount Assessed (Millions)4

161.1

123.2

94.6

96.8

65.2

51.9

49.4

*Values are all inclusive of operator and contractor employees.

Coal Mine Safety and Health

 

Coal Mine Safety and Health reports covering detailed data for CY 2011-2017

 

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

Number of Coal Mines

1,972

1,871

1,704

1,633

1,459

1,289

     1,208

Number of Miners*

143,940

138,338

123,446

116,318

102,871

81,875

82,843

Fatalities*

20

20

20

16

12

8

15

Fatal Injury Rate1*

.0148

.0159

.0176

.0149

.0131

.0115

.0202

All Injury Rate1*

3.43

3.21

3.15

3.15

2.93

2.91

3.16

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

774

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

93,057

78,848

63,182

62,483

49,338

40,541

46,896

S&S Citations and Orders (%)

32%

28%

26%

25%

23%

21%

22%

Dollar Amount Assessed (Millions)4

119.9

89.6

65.1

63.0

37.1

25.8

24.0

 

*Values are all inclusive of operator and contractor employees.

Metal and Nonmetal Mine Safety and Health
 

Metal and Nonmetal Mine Safety and Health reports covering detailed data for CY 2011-2017

 

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

Number of Metal/Nonmetal Mines

12,206

12,227

12,101

11,990

11,862

11,815

   11,807

Number of Miners*

238,428

250,664

251,433

250,576

247,269

237,203

236,622

Fatalities*

16

16

22

30

17

17

13

Fatal Injury Rate1*

.0083

.0079

.0108

.0147

.0084

.0088

.0067

All Injury Rate1*

2.28

2.20

2.14

2.11

2.03

1.94

1.76

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

63,280

60,073

54,953

58,629

58,395

56,534

58,255

S&S Citations and Orders (%)

26%

25%

24%

24%

25%

23%

23%

Dollar Amount Assessed (Millions)4

41.2

33.6

29.5

33.8

28.1

26.1

25.4

*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
 

Mine Contractor reports covering detailed data for CY 2011-2017.

 

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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