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A review of independent contractor fatality data from 1983 through 1990.
Proceedings of the 24th Annual Institute on Mining Health, Safety and Research, Blacksburg, Virginia, August 30 - September 1, 1993. Tinney G, Bacho A, Karmis M, eds., Blacksburg, VA: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1993 Aug; :93-101
Fatality data for independent contractors working at coal and metal/nonmetal mines from 1983 through 1990 are reviewed. Fatality data for operators are also presented for comparison. During these years, there were 132 independent contractor employee fatalities. These accounted for an average of more than 13% of all fatalities in the mining industry. In 1988, independent, contractors represented just 9.9% of the mining work force, however, they were responsible for nearly 23% of the mining industry fatalities. Moreover, their fatality incidence rates from 1983 through 1990 were consistently higher than those for operators at all locations of both coal and metal/nonmetal mines. Some trends observed in looking at a representative sample of the independent contractor fatality data during the eight-year period were: (1) more than half of the workers who were fatally injured had five or fewer years of mining experience; (2) 83% of them had experience of five or fewer years in their particular job classification with the independent contractor employer; (3) 82% of the fatalities occurred at surface locations; (4) two job classifications - truck driver and equipment operator - accounted for 37% of the fatalities; and (5) 71 % of the fatalities occurred in just four accident classifications - powered haulage, slips/falls, machinery and electrical.
Accident-analysis; Accident-rates; Mine-workers; Miners; Mining-industry; Injury-prevention; Coal-miners; Coal-mining; Surface-mining; Statistical-analysis; Traumatic-injuries; Mortality-data; Mortality-rates; Underground-mining
Tinney-G; Bacho-A; Karmis-M
Proceedings of the 24th Annual Institute on Mining Health, Safety and Research, Blacksburg, Virginia, August 30 - September 1, 1993
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