Database Three: Mining safety data

This post is part of a series on free data available to curious researchers and professionals:

Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA)

This database contains more searching capability than browsing. You need the specific geographic location of a mine before searching (state, county).

Once you zero in on a particular mine, the types of reports available are:

  1. Overview
  2. Inspections
  3. Accidents
  4. Violations
  5. VPID ( Violations Per Inspection Day)
  6. Health Samples
  7. Mine Employment and Coal Production Totals for This Mine

Here is an example of what the database returns when queried for “Health Samples”:


Health samples

Here is an example of “Accidents”:

acc mine


This database lacks much of the rich narrative present in the others and is harder to search. The only way to get complete information would be to go through each state and then each county in that state, then generate reports for each mine. The information is there, but it is hard to get into a useful state.