MSHA News Release: [01/04/2012]

Submitted on Jan 06, 2012

Release Number 12-22-NAT

MSHA releases preliminary fatality data for 2011

ARLINGTON, Va. — Preliminary data from the U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration released today reveal that 37 miners died in work-related accidents at the nation's mines in 2011. There were 21 coal mining and 16 metal/nonmetal mining fatalities last year, compared with 48 and 23, respectively, in 2010, making 2011 the year with the second-lowest number of mining deaths since statistics were first recorded in 1910.