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A summary of injury for independent contractor employees in the mining industry from 1983 through 1990.
Pittsburgh, PA: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, IC 9344, 1993 Jan; :1-16
The U.S. Bureau of Mines summarized injury data for independent contractor employees working at all locations of coal and metal-nonmetal mines from 1983 through 1990. During the eight years, the greatest contrast in degree of injury between independent contractor and operator employees was in fatalities. From 1983 through 1990, there were 132 independent contractor employee fatalities in the mining industry. In 1988, though, independent contractor employees accounted for nearly one-fourth of all mining fatalities. The fatality incidence rates of independent contractors were consistently higher than those of operators during the eight years. For instance, in 1990, the contractors' rate was twice that of operator employees in coal mining and nearly five times that of operators in metal-nonmetal mining. Three other salient facts highlight the independent contractor employees' fatality injury data during these years. First, 82% of the independent contractor employee fatalities occurred at surface locations. Second, two job classifications--truck driver and equipment operator--represented 37% of the fatalities throughout the 8-year period. And finally, four accident classifications--powered haulage, slips and falls, machinery, and electrical--accounted for 71% of all independent contractor employee fatalities.
Fatalities; Miners; Mortality; Graphs-charts; Tables-data; Accidents; Occupational-safety-and-health; Contractors; Injuries; Mining
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Pittsburgh, PA: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, IC 9344
Page last reviewed: May 5, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division