Mining industry deaths hit low

Federal officials say U.S. mining industry deaths reached an all-time low in 2015. Preliminary data from the Department of Labor say 28 miners were killed on the job, down from 45 in 2014, a 37 percent reduction. There were 11 deaths in coal mines, another all-time low mark.

Nevada recorded the most fatalities with four, followed by three deaths in Pennsylvania. The leading fatal cause in metal and nonmetal mining was attributed to machinery accidents.

Associated Press