Thursday, April 24, 2014   

American mining fatalities soar to 42 in year
(01-07 14:10)

Forty-two miners in the United States died on the job in 2013, up from 36 the year before.
The US Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration released the preliminary data on Monday. It said that while in the first three quarters of 2013, mining deaths occurred at a record-low rate, there was a significant rise in the fourth quarter.
Six coal miners and nine metal and nonmetal miners died in accidents during the fourth quarter of last year. That's compared to a total of six miners who died in the same period of 2012.
The state with the most coal mining deaths last year was West Virginia, with six; while the state with the most deaths of metal and nonmetal miners was Kentucky, with four.—AP

   
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