Twenty coal mines in Virginia reported no injuries in 2018, and the state has not reported a coal mining mortality since 2015, the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy reported on a release Thursday.
Virginia has more than 50 active coal mines, according to the US Energy Information Administration, and produces slightly less than 2% of the country's coal.
Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy recognized five surface mines for their security records, which did not include any lost-time accidents for all workers over the past five years, along with the 20 who did not report any lost time in 2018.
"In 2018, 25 coal mines worked a total of nearly 2.5 million hours of work without a lost time accident" Virginia Mining Randy Moore said.
The Virginia ministry follows a University of Illinois at the Chicago study released at the end of April and found that while mining has seen improvements in damage rates, miners who work shifts longer than nine hours have a 32% increased risk of mortality. workplace and 73% risk of being involved in an accident causing damage to two or more workers.