Another safer year in coal mining with record-low 9 deaths.
The nation’s coal mines are nearing a new low mark for on-the-job deaths for the third year in a row and have a chance to keep the number of fatal accidents in single digits for the first time.
With just a day left in 2016, U.S. coal mines had recorded nine deaths. West Virginia had four. Kentucky had two deaths and there was one each in Alabama, Illinois and Pennsylvania.
The low numbers are attributed to fewer coal mining jobs and safety enforcement. The Associated Press