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Coal operator mining facts - 2006.

Authors
NIOSH
Source
NIOSH 2008 Sep; :1-2
NIOSHTIC No.
20034743
Abstract
Mining Operations: In 2006, a total of 2,113 coal mining operations reported employment to the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). Coal mines comprised 14.2% of all mining operations. Bituminous mines comprised 92.5% (n=1,955) and anthracite mines 7.5% (n=158) of coal mining operations. Approximately 71.0% of all coal mines were located in three states: Kentucky (29.2%), West Virginia (21.8%), and Pennsylvania (20.3%). Employees: A total of 85,693 employees, corresponding to 94,495 full-time equivalent (FTE) employees, were reported by coal mine operators to MSHA. Within the mining sectors, coal operators comprised 28.5% of all employee hours reported. Underground work locations accounted for 45.1% of employee hours, while surface work locations accounted for 54.9%. Fatalities: Forty-two (42) occupational fatalities occurred among coal operator employees in 2006, compared to 17 in 2005. Fatalities among coal operator employees accounted for 57.5% of all mining fatalities. The coal operator fatality rate was 46.2 fatalities per 100,000 FTE employees. The underground fatality rate was 84.5 (n=36) compared to a rate of 12.4 (n=6) for surface work locations. Nonfatal Lost-time Injuries: There were 3,021 nonfatal lost-time injuries (2,218 at underground and 803 at surface work locations) among coal operator employees occurring at a rate of 3.3 injuries per 100 FTE employees. These injuries resulted in 198,688 days lost from work, comprising nearly 45.2% of days lost across all mining sectors. The underground nonfatal lost-time injury rate was greater than the surface injury rate (5.2 vs. 1.7 per 100 FTE workers). The most frequent classification of nonfatal lost-time injuries for coal operator employees involved handling materials (n=855; 28.3%). Sprains and strains were the most frequently reported nature of injury (n=1,320; 43.7%). The back was the most frequently reported body part injured (n=604; 20.0%) and accounted for 46,227 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) 2008-159
NIOSH Division
PRL
Priority Area
Mining
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
PA
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