Coal Mining Deaths Soars After Trump Removes Safety Regulations

Accidental deaths in coal mines doubled from the previous year in  2017, according to the most recently available statistics from the Mine  Safety and Health Administration. A more than 100 percent jump in fatalities — from seven last year to  14 in 2017 — does not correspond even remotely to the 3.7 percent  increase in available industry jobs over last year. By comparison, in 2015, the number of mining jobs was 69,000 — 30 percent more than today — but the number of deaths among those jobs topped off at 12.