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Metal and Nonmetal Industry Sector

Introduction

The following maps, graphs, and tables represent data for the Metal and Nonmetal Industry Sector. The information is organized by Mines, Employees, Fatalities, and Injuries. The Mines section contains information on the locations and number of the active mining operations. The Employees section details the number of mine operator employees by county and the number of employee hours by work location. The Fatalities section describes the number of mine operator and contractor fatalities overall and by work location. The Injuries section presents the number of nonfatal lost-time injuries by county, the number by work location, and the number of injuries by accident class. Data source: Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). See Statistical Methodology for further details. Additional Mining Facts for each commodity are available from 2000 through 2014.

Mines

thumbnailLocations of Active Mining Operations, 2014 (Metal and Nonmetal Industry Sector): United States map displaying the locations of active mining operations spotted randomly within counties for the metal and nonmetal industry sector in 2014. Active mines are mining operations that reported mine operator employment during the year. There were 1,256 metal and nonmetal mines. Mines at which only contractors were working did not show any employment and are not displayed.

 

thumbnailLocations of Active Underground Mining Operations, 2014 (Metal and Nonmetal Industry Sector): United States map displaying the locations of active underground mining operations spotted randomly within counties for the metal and nonmetal industry sector in 2014. Active mines are mining operations that reported mine operator employment during the year. There were 140 underground metal and nonmetal mines. Mines at which only contractors were working did not show any employment and are not displayed. 

 

thumbnailLocations of Active Surface Mining Operations, 2014 (Metal and Nonmetal Industry Sector): United States map displaying the locations of active surface mining operations spotted randomly within counties for the metal and nonmetal industry sector in 2014. Active mines are mining operations that reported mine operator employment during the year. There were 1,116 surface metal and nonmetal mines. Mines at which only contractors were working did not show any employment and are not displayed.

 

Employees

thumbnailMine Operator Employees, 2014 (Metal and Nonmetal Industry Sector): Map of the United States displaying employment density by county of the 71,194 mine operator employees in the metal and nonmetal industry sector during 2014. A graduated color ramp is used to symbolize densities of less than 25 employees, 25 to 49 employees, 50 to 199 employees, 200 to 499 employees, and 500 or more employees.

 

thumbnailNumber of Employee Hours Reported for the Metal and Nonmetal Mining Industry, 2005-2014: Graph displaying the number of mine operator employee hours reported for the metal and nonmetal mining industry from 2005 through 2014. The employee hours increased from 109.6 million in 2005 to 127.9 million hours in 2008. In 2009 the hours reported dropped to 107.4 million with a steady increase to 144.9 million hours reported for 2014.

 

thumbnailNumber of Underground Employee Hours Reported for the Metal and Nonmetal Mining Industry, 2005-2014: Graph displaying the number of underground mine operator employee hours reported for the metal and nonmetal mining industry from 2005 through 2014. The employee hours increased from 13.1 million in 2005 to 17.1 million hours in 2008. In 2009 the hours reported dropped to14.3 million with a steady increase to 19.6 million hours reported for 2013. In 2014, the hours declined to 19.0 million.

 

thumbnailNumber of Surface Employee Hours Reported for the Metal and Nonmetal Mining Industry,  2005-2014: Graph displaying the number of surface mine operator employee hours reported for the metal and nonmetal mining industry from 2005 through 2014. The employee hours increased from 96.5 million in 2005 to 110.7 million hours in 2008. In 2009 the hours reported dropped to 93.1 million with a steady increase to 125.9 million hours reported for 2014.

 

Fatalities

thumbnailNumber of Occupational Mining Fatalities for the Metal and Nonmetal Industry Sector by Year, 2005-2014: Graph displaying the number of occupational fatalities, excluding office employees, from 2005 through 2014 for the metal and nonmetal industry sector. The numbers vary by year with the highest number occurring in 2007 when there were 15 fatalities reported. The lowest number during the period was in 2006 when four fatalities occurred. Eleven fatalities occurred in 2014.

 

thumbnailNumber of Occupational Mining Fatalities for the Metal and Nonmetal Industry Sector at Underground Work Locations by Year, 2005-2014: Graph displaying the number of occupational mining fatalities, excluding office employees, occurring at underground work locations from 2005 through 2014 for the metal and nonmetal industry sector. The numbers vary by year with the highest number occurring in 2007 when six fatalities occurred. During the period, there were no fatalities in 2006. Two fatalities occurred in 2014.

 

thumbnailNumber of Occupational Mining Fatalities for the Metal and Nonmetal Industry Sector at Surface Work Locations by Year, 2005-2014: Graph displaying the number of occupational mining fatalities, excluding office employees, occurring at surface work locations from 2005 through 2014 for the metal and nonmetal industry sector. The numbers vary by year with the highest number occurring in 2007 and 2014 when nine fatalities occurred. The lowest number reported was three fatalities in 2010, 2012, and 2013.

 

Injuries

thumbnailNonfatal Lost-time Injuries, 2014 (Metal and Nonmetal Industry Sector Operators and Contractors): Map of the United States displaying nonfatal lost-time injury density by county for 1,304 Metal and Nonmetal Industry Sector operator and contractor injuries during 2014. Office workers are excluded. A graduated color ramp is used to symbolize densities of zero injuries, 1 thru 9, 10 thru 29, 30 thru 49, and 50 or more injuries.

 

thumbnailNumber of Mining Nonfatal Lost-time Injuries for the Metal and Nonmetal Industry Sector by Year, 2005-2014: Chart displaying the number of mining nonfatal lost-time injuries for the metal and nonmetal industry sector, excluding office employees, from 2005 through 2014. The number of injuries has varied over the period from a high of 1,594 in 2008 to a low of 1,053 injuries in 2009. From that point the numbers have risen to 1,356 injuries reported in 2013. In 2014, 1,304 lost-time injuries were reported.

 

thumbnailNumber of Mining Nonfatal Lost-time Injuries for the Metal and Nonmetal Industry Sector at Underground Work Locations by Year, 2005-2014: Chart displaying the number of mining nonfatal lost-time injuries for the metal and nonmetal industry sector, excluding office employees, from 2005 through 2014. The number of nonfatal lost-time injuries varied over the period from a high of 309 in 2007 to a low of 191 in 2014.

 

thumbnailMetal and Nonmetal Industry Nonfatal Lost-time Injuries by Accident Class for Underground Mining Locations, 2010-2014: Pie chart displaying the distribution of nonfatal lost-time injuries by accident class for the metal and nonmetal industry at underground mining locations for the period from 2010 through 2014. Excluding office employees, there were a total of 1,231 lost-time injuries. "Handling materials" had 32.3%, "Slip or fall of person" had 19.5%, "Powered Haulage" had 12.1%, and "Machinery" had 11.8% of the nonfatal lost-time injures. "Fall of ground (from in place)," which includes MSHA’s Accident/Injury/Illness Classifications for “Fall of face, rib, pillar, side, or highwall from in place” and “Fall of roof, back, or brow from in place,” had 9.5% of the nonfatal lost-time injuries. Nonfatal injury cases classified under machinery were reclassified as a fall of ground (from in place) if the source of the injury was caving rock, ore, etc. This reclassification is consistent with how MSHA classifies similar incidents which resulted in a fatal injury. "Hand tools" had 6.7% and the "All other" category was 8.2% of the nonfatal lost-time injuries during the 5-year period. Note that the sum of percentages may not equal 100 due to independent rounding.

 

thumbnailNumber of Mining Nonfatal Lost-time Injuries for the Metal and Nonmetal Industry Sector at Surface Work Locations by Year, 2005-2014: Chart displaying the number of mining nonfatal lost-time injuries for the metal and nonmetal industry sector, excluding office employees, from 2005 through 2014. The number of nonfatal lost-time injuries varied over the period from a high of 1,298 in 2008 to a low of 810 in 2010. In 2014 there were 1,113 lost-time injuries reported.

 

thumbnailMetal and Nonmetal Industry Lost-time Injuries by Accident Class for Surface Mining Locations, 2010-2014: Pie chart displaying the distribution of nonfatal lost-time injuries by accident class for the metal and nonmetal industry at surface mining locations for the period from 2010 through 2014. Excluding office employees, there were a total of 4,902 lost-time injuries. "Handling materials" had 38.0%, "Slip or fall of person" had 28.5%, and "Machinery" accounted as 8.5% of the nonfatal lost-time injury cases. Note that cases classified under machinery were reclassified as a fall of ground (from in place) if the source of the injury was caving rock, ore, etc. This reclassification is consistent with how MSHA classifies similar incidents which resulted in a fatal injury. "Hand tools" accounted for 8.4%, "Powered haulage" had 8.3%, and the "All other" category was 8.4% of the nonfatal lost-time injuries during the 5-year period.

 

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