The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration reports there were 29 U.S. mining-related fatalities in 2020, five more than in 2019.
Still, last year was the sixth consecutive year that there were fewer than 30 industry fatalities, the agency said in a press statement on Wednesday, and just five of those deaths occurred in coal mines. The agency called that figure “a historic low.”
Approximately 230,000 miners work across 11,500 metal/nonmetal mines in the U.S., while 64,000 work in the nation’s 1,000 coal mines, according to MSHA.
Assistant Secretary for Mine Safety and Health David G. Zatezalo said in the ...