No Utahns were among the 36 miners killed on the job in 2012, the second consecutive year in which the national mining fatality rate reached an all-time low.
Federal Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) boss Joseph Main said Thursday that 19 coal miners were killed in U.S. workplace accidents, along with 17 people working in metal and nonmetal mines. The 36 fatalities were one more than the all-time best year, 2009. But with an improving economy driving more mining than in 2009, the fatality rate based on deaths per 200,000 hours worked declined to its lowest level ever.
Since 2002, 18 miners have died in Utah. Ten of those stemmed from a pair of 2007 implosions at the Crandall Canyon coal mine in Emery County. The last mining-related fatality occurred in 2011 when Allen Sherman died at Bolinder Resources' crushing plant in Tooele County.