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Coal contractor mining facts - 2006.

Authors
NIOSH
Source
NIOSH 2008 Sep; :1-2
NIOSHTIC No.
20034778
Abstract
The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) defines an independent contractor as any person, partnership, corporation, subsidiary of a corporation, firm, association or other organization that contracts to perform services or construction at a mine. Contractors that perform specific types of work are required to report the number of employees who work at coal mines and noncoal mines. Companies: In 2006, a total of 2,724 contracting companies reported employment at coal mines to MSHA, or 36.8% of all independent contracting companies. Employees: A total of 37,282 employees, corresponding to 23,078 full-time equivalent (FTE) employees, were reported by coal contractors to MSHA. Within the mining sectors, coal contractor employees comprised 7.0% of all employee hours reported to MSHA. Coal contractor employee hours were reported for both underground (12.6%) and surface (87.4%) work locations. Fatalities: Five occupational fatalities occurred among coal contractor employees in 2006. These coal fatalities accounted for 41.7% of all contractor fatalities. The coal contractor fatality rate was 22.7 fatalities per 100,000 FTE employees. The underground fatality rate was 34.4 (n=1) compared to a rate of 20.9 (n=4) for surface work locations. Nonfatal Lost-time Injuries: There were 557 nonfatal lost-time injuries among coal contractor employees (215 at underground and 342 at surface work locations) occurring at a rate of 2.5 injuries per 100 FTE employees. These injuries resulted in 27,332 days lost from work. The underground nonfatal lost-time injury rate was greater than the surface injury rate (7.4 vs. 1.8 per 100 FTE workers). The most frequent classification of nonfatal lost-time injuries for coal contractor employees involved handling materials (n=166; 29.8%), followed by slip or fall of person (n=122; 21.9%). Sprains and strains were the most frequently reported nature of injury (n=187; 33.6%). The back was the most frequently reported body part injured (n=74; 13.3%) and accounted for 3,716 days lost from work.
Keywords
Employees; Statistical-analysis; Mining-industry; Mine-workers; Coal-mining; Injuries; Lost-work-days; Materials-handling; Underground-mining; Hearing-impairment; Black-lung; Coal-workers-pneumoconiosis; Pneumoconiosis; Back-injuries; Dermatitis; Heat-stroke; 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) 2008-164
NIOSH Division
PRL
Priority Area
Mining
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
PA
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