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[Excerpt] Workers in the mining industry continue to face a higher risk of fatal injury than average American workers. Although the rate of nonfatal injuries and illnesses in mining is less than the average reported for private industry, these injuries are often of a severe nature, as evidenced by the higher median days away from work. Fires and explosions were the leading causes of workplace fatal injuries. Contact with objects and equipment was the leading cause of nonfatal injuries and illnesses.


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Smith, S. (2013). Injuries, illnesses, and fatal injuries in mining in 2010. Beyond the Numbers (Vol. 2, No. 1). Washington, DC: Bureau of Labor Statistics.