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.