Mining: fire, flood, poor health all part of the job

A truly global profession, there are around 10 million miners around the world with many working in dangerous conditions

Mining is one of the most hazardous jobs. There are few reliable figures but unions estimate that around 10 million people dig for a living and 12,000 may die every year from roof falls, explosions, fires, flooding and other underground and surface accidents.

There is even less reliable data on the injuries incurred by miners but tens of thousands of people have their health damaged every year from conditions such as pneumoconiosis, hearing loss and the effects of vibration, says the Geneva-based global union IndustriALL, which represents 50 million workers in 140 countries in the mining and energy sectors.

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