How many coal mining deaths occur each year in the U.S. How many nuclear power related deaths are there?



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    Recently, deaths in coal mining in the U.S. are much lower than they were in the 1800s, etc. with averages hitting 1,000/year in the initial stages of mining. In 2004, only 55 people died in coal mines, and in 2007, that figure was 65. Deaths are estimated at below 100 per year (the first link below provides a chart with annual deaths), although this does not include deaths associated with working in the mines, such as cancers or lung diseases. In terms of lung disease, approximately 500 people die per year from chronic respiratory disease associated with inhaling particles in mines. There are likely other deaths associated with coal mining, but visit Work-Related Lung Disease (WoRLD) Surveillance System for more statistics on lung disease and coal mining.

    Outside of accidents, I haven’t been able to find a reliable number of annual fatalities in the workplace associated with nuclear power. Many sources state that nuclear power is the safest type of power, and Bernard Cohen at the University of Pittsburgh states that nuclear power will only decrease the average person’s lifespan by 15 minutes.

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