Preliminary fatality data for third quarter of 2015 released

Preliminary fatality data for third quarter of 2015 released

The U.S Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration has announced on Thursday a summary of mining deaths in the country from July 1 through September 30, 2015.

The data shows seven fatalities have occurred in industry accidents. There were 2 fatalities during the first nine months of 2015, eight fewer than the same period in 2014.

On a fiscal year basis, preliminary data indicates that 14 miners died on the job at coal mines in FY 2015, which is down from 18 deaths in FY 2014. There were 23 deaths in metal and nonmetal mining in FY 2015, six fewer than during the previous fiscal year.

Of the seven miners killed during the third quarter, two were victims of coal mining accidents and five perished in metal and nonmetal mining accidents.

“These deaths remind us why we must continue our vigilance and ensure effective safety and health programs are at work throughout the industry,” said Joseph A. Main, assistant secretary of labor for mine safety and health.

“The hard-working men and women of the mining industry deserve no less.”

More information about this data is available through the Mine Safety and Health Administration webpage.