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Coal Industry Sector

Introduction

The following maps, graphs, and tables represent data for the Coal Industry Sector. The information is organized by Mines, Employees, Fatalities, and Injuries. The Mines section contains information on the locations and number of the active mining operations. The Employees section details the number of mine operator employees by county and the number of employee hours by work location. The Fatalities section describes the number of mine operator and contractor fatalities overall and by work location. The Injuries section presents the number of nonfatal lost-time injuries by county, the number by work location, and the number of injuries by accident class. Data source: Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). See Statistical Methodology for further details. Additional Mining Facts for each commodity are available from 2000 through 2014.

Mines

thumbnailLocations of Active Mining Operations, 2014 (Coal Industry Sector): United States map displaying the locations of active mining operations spotted randomly within counties for the coal industry sector in 2014. Active mines are mining operations that reported mine operator employment during the year. There were 1,632 coal mines. Mines at which only contractors were working did not show any employment and are not displayed.

 

thumbnailLocations of Active Underground Mining Operations, 2014 (Coal Industry Sector): United States map displaying the locations of active underground mining operations spotted randomly within counties for the coal industry sector in 2014. Active mines are mining operations that reported mine operator employment during the year. There were 447 underground coal mines. Mines at which only contractors were working did not show any employment and are not displayed.

 

thumbnailLocations of Active Surface Mining Operations, 2014 (Coal Industry Sector): United States map displaying the locations of active surface mining operations spotted randomly within counties for the coal industry sector in 2014. Active mines are mining operations that reported mine operator employment during the year. There were 1,185 surface coal mines. Mines at which only contractors were working did not show any employment and are not displayed.

 

Employees

thumbnailMine Operator Employees, 2014 (Coal Industry Sector): Map of the United States displaying employment density by county for the 77,462 mine operator employees in the coal industry sector during 2014. A graduated color ramp is used to represent densities of less than 25 employees, 25 to 49 employees, 50 to 199 employees, 200 to 499 employees, and 500 or more employees, respectively.

 

thumbnailNumber of Employee Hours Reported for the Coal Mining Industry, 2005-2014: Graph displaying the number of mine operator employee hours reported for the coal mining industry over a 10-year period. Employee hours showed an increase from 181.3 million in 2005 to a high of 215.2 million hours in 2011. The hours then declined to 171.7 million in 2014.

 

thumbnailNumber of Underground Employee Hours Reported for the Coal Mining Industry, 2005-2014: Graph displaying the number of mine operator underground employee hours reported for the coal mining industry over a 10-year period. The employee hours increased over the period from 80.9 million in 2005 to a high of 105.3 in 2011. The hours then declined to 87.2 million in 2014.

 

thumbnailNumber of Surface Employee Hours Reported for the Coal Mining Industry, 2005-2014: Graph displaying the number of mine operator surface employee hours reported for the coal mining industry over a 10-year period. The employee hours varied over the period from 100.4 million in 2005 to a high of 109.9 in 2011. The hours then declined to 84.4 million hours reported in 2014.

 

Fatalities

thumbnailNumber of Occupational Mining Fatalities for the Coal Industry Sector by Year, 2005-2014: Graph displaying the number of occupational mining fatalities, excluding office employees, over a 10-year period for the coal industry sector. The numbers vary by year with the highest numbers occurring in 2006 and 2010 when there were 47 and 48 fatalities, respectively. The lowest number during the period was 15 fatalities occurring in 2014.

 

thumbnailNumber of Occupational Mining Fatalities for the Coal Industry Sector at Underground Work Locations by Year, 2005-2014: Graph displaying the number of occupational mining fatalities, excluding office employees, occurring at underground work locations over a 10-year period for the coal industry sector. The numbers vary by year with the highest number occurring in 2010 when 41 fatalities occurred. The lowest number during the period was 7 fatalities occurring in 2009.

 

thumbnailNumber of Occupational Mining Fatalities for the Coal Industry Sector at Surface Work Locations by Year, 2005-2014: Graph displaying the number of occupational mining fatalities, excluding office employees, occurring at surface work locations over a 10-year period for the coal industry sector. The numbers vary by year with the highest number being 15 in 2008. The lowest number during the period was in 2014 when 5 fatalities occurred.

 

Injuries

thumbnailNonfatal Lost-time Injuries, 2014 (Coal Industry Sector Operators and Contractors): Map of the United States displaying nonfatal lost-time injury density by county for 2,296 coal industry sector operator and contractor injuries during 2014. Office workers are excluded. A graduated color ramp is used to symbolize densities of zero, 1 thru 9, 10 thru 29, 30 thru 49, and 50 or more injuries, respectively.

 

thumbnailNumber of Mining Nonfatal Lost-time Injuries for the Coal Industry Sector by Year, 2005-2014: Chart displaying the number of mining nonfatal lost-time injuries for the coal industry sector, excluding office employees, from 2005 through 2014. The number of injuries has declined over the period from a high of 3,597 in 2005, to a low of 2,296 in 2014.

 

thumbnailNumber of Mining Nonfatal Lost-time Injuries for the Coal Industry Sector at Underground Work Locations by Year, 2005-2014: Chart displaying the number of mining nonfatal lost-time injuries for the coal industry sector at underground work locations, excluding office employees, from 2005 through 2014. The number of injuries declined over the period from a high of 2,447 in 2005 to a low of 1,618 in 2014.

 

thumbnailCoal Industry Nonfatal Lost-time Injuries by Accident Class for Underground Mining Locations, 2010-2014: Pie chart displaying the distribution of nonfatal lost-time injuries in the coal industry by accident class for underground mining locations for the period from 2010 through 2014. Excluding office employees, there were a total of 9,167 lost-time injuries. "Handling materials" accounted for 33.4%, "Slip or fall of person" made up 19.5%, and "Fall of ground (from in place)" had 13.8% of the nonfatal lost-time injuries. Note that "Fall of ground (from in place)" includes MSHA’s Accident/Injury/Illness Classifications for “Fall of face, rib, pillar, side, or highwall from in place” and “Fall of roof, back, or brow from in place.” Nonfatal injury cases classified under machinery were reclassified as a fall of ground (from in place) if the source of the injury was caving rock, ore, etc. This reclassification is consistent with how MSHA classifies similar incidents which resulted in a fatal injury. "Machinery" accounted for 10.4% and "Powered haulage" made up 10.1% of the nonfatal lost-time injuries. "Hand tools" had 5.8% of the nonfatal lost-time injuries and the "All other" category was 6.9% of the nonfatal lost-time injuries during the 5-year period. Note that the sum of percentages may not equal 100 due to independent rounding.

 

thumbnailNumber of Mining Nonfatal Lost-time Injuries for the Coal Industry Sector at Surface Work Locations by Year, 2005-2014: Chart displaying the number of mining nonfatal lost-time injuries for the coal industry sector at surface work locations, excluding office employees, from 2005 through 2014. The number of injuries declined over the period from a high of 1,150 in 2005 to a low of 678 in 2014.

 

thumbnailCoal Industry Nonfatal Lost-time Injuries by Accident Class for Surface Mining Locations, 2010-2014: Pie chart displaying the distribution of nonfatal lost-time injuries in the coal industry by accident class for surface mining locations for the period from 2010 through 2014. Excluding office employees, there were a total of 4,025 lost-time injuries. "Slip or fall of person" had 36.5% and "Handling materials" had 28.3% of the nonfatal lost-time injuries. "Powered haulage" made up 11.8% of the nonfatal lost-time injuries and "Machinery" accounted for 9.4%. Note that nonfatal injury cases classified under machinery were reclassified as a fall of ground (from in place) if the source of the injury was caving rock, ore, etc. This reclassification is consistent with how MSHA classifies similar incidents which resulted in a fatal injury. "Hand tools" comprised 7.8% and the "All other" category was 6.3% of the nonfatal lost-time injuries during the 5-year period. Note that the sum of percentages may not equal 100 due to independent rounding.

 

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