The United States Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration
(MSHA) released a mid-year report last week that detailed the number of
miners who have been killed in
mining accidents throughout the first six months of 2015. While the first half 2015's
fatalities were slightly lower than 2014's over the same time period,
the report still showed 18 deaths in mining accidents.
8 of the deaths occurred in coal mines (6 underground and 2 at surface
level) and 10 occurred in metal and non-metal mines (2 underground and
8 at surface level).
Additional Details From The Report
The report included additional details about the mining fatalities.
- The most common cause of death was machinery and powered-haulage accidents
(responsible for 8 of the 18 deaths)
- Other causes of death included falling/sliding material, fall from roof,
hoisting, and striking or bumping
- Six of the deaths involved contract workers and five involved supervisors
- 5 of the 10 metal and non-metal deaths happened at mines with less than
Mining Fatalities Are Preventable
An official with the MHSA made a point to note that mining fatalities are
preventable and safety must be the primary focus at every mine. The MHSA
stressed the importance of examining mines before and during shifts to
identify safety hazards that could potentially lead to accidents or injuries.
Mining accidents can also be prevented by implementing effective safety
management programs, constantly evaluating them and adjusting them where
necessary. Additionally, providing all workers with ongoing safety training
to help them identify hazards can go a long way towards reducing the number
of mining accidents. In many cases, awareness is effective at accident
Injured In A Mining Accident?
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you should contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible to learn
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