36 American miners died on the job in 2012 – an all-time low, according to the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration. As the Tribune-Review reports, none of those deaths occurred in Pennsylvania:
In Pennsylvania, the mining industry ended 2010 without a fatality for the first time and duplicated the feat in 2012.
A surface miner died in an accident in 2011, officials said. No underground miners have died in the state since June 2009, when Robert Maust, 54, of Uniontown died as a falling rock hit him in Consol Energy Inc.’s Bailey Mine in Wind Ridge, Greene County.
Joseph Sbaffoni, the state Bureau of Mine Safety director, said the improved safety record resulted from a commitment by miners, mine operators and state safety officials.