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Coal operator mining facts - 2005.

Authors
NIOSH
Source
NIOSH 2008 Sep; :1-2
NIOSHTIC No.
20034742
Abstract
Mining Operations: In 2005, a total of 2,063 coal mining operations reported employment to the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). Coal mines comprised 14.1% of all mining operations. Bituminous mines comprised 92.6% (n=1,911) and anthracite mines 7.4% (n=152) of coal mining operations. Approximately 70% of all coal mines were located in three states: Kentucky (28.0%), West Virginia (21.8%), and Pennsylvania (20.6%). Employees: A total of 78,281 employees, corresponding to 87,184 full-time equivalent (FTE) employees, were reported by coal mine operators to MSHA. Within the mining sectors, coal operators comprised 30.2% of all employee hours reported. Underground work locations accounted for 46.4% of coal employee hours, while surface work locations accounted for 53.6%. Fatalities: Seventeen (17) occupational fatalities occurred among coal operator employees in 2005, compared to 23 in 2004. Fatalities among coal operator employees accounted for 29.8% of all mining fatalities. The coal operator fatality rate was 19.5 fatalities per 100,000 FTE employees. The underground fatality rate was 34.6 (n=14) compared to a rate of 6.4 (n=3) for surface work locations. Nonfatal Lost-time Injuries: There were 3,062 nonfatal lost-time injuries (2,234 at underground and 828 at surface work locations) among coal operator employees occurring at a rate of 3.5 injuries per 100 FTE employees. These injuries resulted in 197,867 days lost from work, comprising nearly 43.0% of days lost across all mining sectors. The underground nonfatal lost-time injury rate was greater than the surface injury rate (5.5 vs. 1.8 per 100 FTE workers). The most frequent classification of nonfatal lost-time injuries for coal operator employees involved handling materials (n=886; 28.9%). Sprains and strains were the most frequently reported nature of injury (n=1,323; 43.2%). The back was the most frequently reported part of the body injured (n=602; 19.7%) and accounted for 39,918 days lost from work.
Keywords
Coal-mining; Coal-miners; Mining-industry; Miners; Mine-workers; Employees; Underground-mining; Underground-miners; Injuries; Materials-handling; Back-injuries; Black-lung; Pneumoconiosis; Statistical-analysis; Lost-work-days; Surface-mining; Pulmonary-system-disorders; Respiratory-system-disorders; Lung-disease; Lung-disorders
Contact
NIOSH Pittsburgh Research Laboratory, P.O. Box 18070, Pittsburgh, PA 15236
Publication Date
20080901
Document Type
Numbered Publication
Fiscal Year
2008
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
(NIOSH) 2008-150
NIOSH Division
PRL
Priority Area
Mining
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
PA
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