Coal-Mine Accidents in the United States: 1931 Page: 78

Virginia.-Between 2 and 3 percent of all coal produced in the
United States comes from Virginia mines. In prevention of both
fatal and nonfatal injuries Virginia occupied a position better than
the United States average. Among 25 States in which coal was pro-
duced in 1931 Virginia had a fatality rate sixteenth from lowest and
a nonfatal injury rate thirteenth from lowest. Moreover, the State
lowered its own fatality and injury rates compared with the previous
year. Accidents for which the rates were especially favorable were
those due to handling materials, falls of persons, and machinery.
As shown in table 38, Wise County produced the largest quantity of
coal in 1931. The fatality rate for mines in Wise County was
lower than that in the State as a whole, but the nonfatal injury rate
was slightly higher.

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Adams, William W.; Geyer, L. E. & Chenoweth, L. Coal-Mine Accidents in the United States: 1931, report, 1933; Washington D.C.. ( accessed October 21, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library,; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.

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