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

Transportation

37.8

Contact with objects and equipment

33.8

Fires and explosions

11.1

Exposure to harmful environments

9.0

All other events

8.2

Note: Total = 100 percent.

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