MSHA: 2012 brings record low mining fatalities, injuries - WBOY.com: Clarksburg, Morgantown: News, Sports, Weather

MSHA: 2012 brings record low mining fatalities, injuries

Posted: Updated:
  • EnergyEnergyMore>>

  • UPDATE: WV leaders applaud possible energy company expansion

    UPDATE: WV leaders applaud possible energy company expansion

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 11:05 AM EDT2014-09-02 15:05:44 GMT
    House Speaker Tim Miley, D-Harrison, said the announcement of four major energy companies partnering to build a proposed natural gas Atlantic Coast Pipeline is another step toward expanding West Virginia's economy.
    House Speaker Tim Miley, D-Harrison, said the announcement of four major energy companies partnering to build a proposed natural gas Atlantic Coast Pipeline is another step toward expanding West Virginia's economy.
  • WV Wilderness group fights against gas companies over pipeline in Pocahontas County

    WV Wilderness group fights against gas companies over pipeline in Pocahontas County

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 10:40 AM EDT2014-09-02 14:40:53 GMT
    The West Virginia Wilderness group has been fighting three gas companies for months, who want to put a pipeline in Pocahontas County .Lauren Ragland is the founder of West Virginia Wilderness and said the pipeline does not belong in Pocahontas County.
    The West Virginia Wilderness group has been fighting three gas companies for months, who want to put a pipeline in Pocahontas County .Lauren Ragland is the founder of West Virginia Wilderness and said the pipeline does not belong in Pocahontas County.
  • Dominion, Duke to build $5B natural gas pipeline

    Dominion, Duke to build $5B natural gas pipeline

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 9:20 AM EDT2014-09-02 13:20:59 GMT
    Dominion Resources, Duke Energy and other partners have proposed building a $5 billion natural gas pipeline to connect the Southeast with the prodigious supplies of natural gas being produced in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia.
    Dominion Resources, Duke Energy and other partners have proposed building a $5 billion natural gas pipeline to connect the Southeast with the prodigious supplies of natural gas being produced in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia.

According to preliminary data the U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration announced today, fatality and injury rates in U.S. mines are at a record low.

The data will be included in "MSHA at a Glance," where citizens can see information on inspections, violations, mines and miners under the "Fact Sheets" section of msha.gov.

According to MSHA, in 2012, the fatality rate was .0107 deaths per 200,000 hours worked. The rate of reported injuries was 2.56 per 200,000 hour worked.

"These preliminary numbers clearly show that actions undertaken by MSHA and the mining industry continue to move mine safety in the right direction, with improvements in compliance with the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977, and a reduction in injury and fatality rates," said Joseph A. Main, assistant secretary of labor for mine safety and health.

About 35 miners died on the job in 2012, and about 19 of those were in coal mining. The 19 coal deaths in 2012 were the second-lowest number of fatalities recorded in a year.

"While one death is too many, and there are still improvements needed to reduce injuries, it is important to take a moment and acknowledge progress towards those goals," Main wrote on the MSHA website.

Main also noted that the coal mining industry saw some decrease in the number of mines and in coal production between 2011 and 2012. Despite the decrease, the number of coal miners employed in 2012 was the second highest for any year since 1994.