August 1, 2011 (The Editor’s Desk is updated each business day.)

Workplace fatalities in mining, 2004–2008

Percent distribution of mining industry fatalities, by major event group, 2004–2008
Event Percent of all mining industry fatalities



Contact with objects and equipment


Fires and explosions


Exposure to harmful environments


All other events


Note: Total = 100 percent.

These data are featured in the TED article, Workplace fatalities in mining, 2004–2008.




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