From 1998 through 2015, sixty-one miners died at metal and nonmetal operations during the month of October. That’s an average of more than three fatal accidents each October since 1998. Ten miners died in October 1999; eight miners died in October 2002; no one died in October 2015. In all other years in the time period, between one and six miners died in “Deadly October”. Click here to read the full MSHA safety alert.