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48 coal mine deaths in 2010 is worst since 1992

48 coal mine deaths in 2010 is worst since 1992

The U.S. coal industry had its deadliest year in nearly two decades in 2010, with much of the death toll stemming from a single explosion.
According to federal Mine Safety and Health Administration records, 48 miners were killed while working in the country's 1,500 mines this past year. That's the highest since 55 miners died in 1992. And it was much higher than the 18 killed in 2009, the industry's lowest tally since 1900, according to federal records.
Most of the 2010 deaths occurred in West Virginia, where 29 perished in an April 5 explosion at Massey Energy's Upper Big Branch mine.


Updated : 2021-07-30 21:42 GMT+08:00