Probably not; any such perception is largely a matter of reporting, just as the perception of “more earthquakes,” “more tornadoes,” more anything is just related to the amount of press and the availability of those reports.
I depends very much on region. In 2003 China was the source of 80% of the world’s coal mining accidents, even though it only produced 35% of the world’s coal. In countries such as the U.S. or the U.k., certainly not, their worst accidents occurred a hundred years ago when they were first reaching gas containing strata without taking the safety precautions necessary at such depths.
One of the worst coal mining accidents took place in 1906 in Northern France, labeled the Courriéres mine disaster, 1099 miners were destroyed.
2010 had the most fatalities of the past two decades mainly stemming from a single explosion that killed 29 at Massey Energy Co.’s Upper Big Branch mine.
Mining fatalities in the United States though have been steadily decreasing over the past 25 years with 2009 having only 18 total fatalities.
Your stats are for the US only. In 2004 more than 6000 died in mining in China. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coal_mining
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