Data & Statistics
The Data and Statistics pages provide analyzable data files and summary statistics for the U.S. mining industry. The information presented here is generated using employment, accident, and injury data collected by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) under CFR 30 Part 50.
Graphs, tables, and maps summarizing a variety of information are generated on a regular basis. The data are presented for mine operators as well as independent contractors working on mine property for the following mining sectors:
The NIOSH Mining program has begun development on a suite of tools for assessing the economic cost of accidents and injuries. The goal is to illustrate how improving safety can help improve the bottom line.
The first of these tools is Safety Pays in Mining. This web application shows the cost of worker injuries and gives some suggestions for ways the savings might be reinvested.
Historical Mine Disasters
Historical Mine Disasters are incidents with 5 or more fatalities. Data tables (1839 through present) and graphs (1900 through 2016) by mining sector are provided.
Mining Fact Sheets
Mining Fact Sheets containing interesting facts, graphs, and data tables relating to mining operations, employees, fatalities, and nonfatal lost-time injuries. The format from 2000 through 2008 consisted of individual fact sheets for overall mining and each commodity. From 2009 through 2015 the format changed to a single-web page with sections for overall mining and each of the major mining industry sectors.
MSHA Data Files
MSHA Data Files for mining accidents, injuries, fatalities, employment, production are available in SPSS and dBase IV formats. These files cover the period from 1983 through 2015.
Description of the standard statistical methodology followed by the Surveillance and Statistics Team for the presentation of the MSHA data.
- Page last reviewed: 6/5/2017
- Page last updated: 6/5/2017
- Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Mining Program