This is interesting: 3,786 miners died in China last year. Anybody have any idea how this compares to the US?
Well, if China has a population of 1.3 billion that means that one in 343,000 Chinese died in a mining accident in 2007.
According to MSHA, the organization that tracks US mining deaths, 64 miners lost their lives in the US in 2007. That means that one in 4,690,000 Americans died in a mining accident last year.
Or, to put it another way, despite the fact that there only 4 Chinese for every American, for every American miner who died 60 Chinese miners died.
It’s a good thing no Olympic events take place underground…