A Look at the Incidence & Causes of Coal Mining Injuries & Deaths in the U.S.

A Look at the Incidence & Causes of Coal Mining Injuries & Deaths in the U.S.


Posted November 5, 2015 by admin

Coal mining injuries and risks for workers
Coal mining accidents, injuries and risks for workers

The coal mining industry is one of the most dangerous industries to be employed in, as coal miners are far more likely than other workers in private industry to sustain serious on-the-job injuries, reports the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

In fact, according to the latest statistics:

  • The fatality rate for coal miners is about 6 times greater than it is for all private industry in the U.S.
  • The rate of nonfatal injuries for coal miners is about 13 percent higher than it is for all private industry in the U.S.
  • When coal miners are hurt on the job, they are three times more likely than other workers in private industry to miss work as a result of their injuries.

Common Types of Coal Mining Accidents and Injuries

While the above statistics may be jaw-dropping, they may make more sense when considering some of the inherent risks and dangers associated with coal mining work.

In fact, some common job-related risks that coal miners face include (but are by no means limited to):

  • Blasts and explosions, which are typically used to break up rock and which can cause life-threatening injuries when blasts are detonated too early, misfires occur and/or workers are in the line of fly rocks
  • Exposure to toxic chemicals or hazardous gases, which may be present in the ground or be used as part of the mining operations
  • Mine collapses, which can be a threat when explosives are not properly used or when underground mining operations are not set up according to federal regulations
  • Mining equipment malfunctions, which can arise when workers are not properly trained, equipment is not adequately maintained or the equipment was inherently faulty.

When these types of mining accidents occur, miners can sustain injuries that include (but are by no means exclusive to):

  • Head and brain injuries
  • Neck and back injuries
  • Burns
  • Loss of limbs
  • Death

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