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MSHA reports record drop in mine deaths

Although the number of injuries and fatalities in America's metal and non-metal mines is down, it is not time to celebrate yet

On Oct.15, 2012, Joseph A. Main, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health announced that "recently finalized data shows that in 2011, fatality and injury rates were the lowest in history."

Main went on to say that "in the Metal/Nonmetal mining sector, the fatal injury rate was .0084 per 200,000 hours worked and the all-injury rate was 2.28 per 200,000 hours worked."

He said, "No min...

 

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