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Statistics: Metal Operators

Introduction

The following maps and graphs represent data for Metal Operators. The information is organized by Mines, Employees, Fatalities and Injuries. The Mines section contains information on the number and location of the mining operations. The Employees section details the number of employees and the number of employee hours. The Fatalities section presents the number of fatalities. The Injuries section presents the number and rate of nonfatal lost-time injuries by work locations and the number of injuries by accident class.

Mines

Locations of Metal Mines, 2010Locations of Metal Mines, 2010: This United States map displays symbols, by counties, representing the locations of 296 active metal mining operations for 2010. Active mines are mining operations that reported employment during the year. Mines at which only contractors were working did not show any employment and are not displayed.

Number of Metal Mines, 2001-2010Number of Metal Mines, 2001-2010: This graph displays the number of active metal operator mines for a 10-year period from 2001 through 2010. Active mines are those mines that reported any employee hours during the year. There were 281 metal mines in 2001 and 296 mines in 2010.

Locations of Underground Metal Mines, 2010Locations of Underground Metal Mines, 2010: This United States map displays symbols, by counties, representing the locations of 97 active underground metal mining operations for 2010. Active mines are mining operations that reported employment during the year. Mines at which only contractors were working did not show any employment and are not displayed.

Locations of Surface Metal Mines, 2010Locations of Surface Metal Mines, 2010: This United States map displays symbols, by counties, representing the locations of 199 active surface metal mining operations for 2010. Active mines are mining operations that reported employment during the year. Mines at which only contractors were working did not show any employment and are not displayed.

Employees

Locations and Density Map of Metal Mine Operator Employees, 2010Locations and Density Map of Metal Mine Operator Employees, 2010: This United States map displays symbols, by counties, representing the locations of 35,903 metal mine operator employees for 2010. Colored symbols represent densities of less than 25 employees, 25 to 49 employees, 50 to 199 employees, 200 to 499 employees, and 500 or more employees.

Metal Mine Operator Employee Hours, 2001-2010Metal Mine Operator Employee Hours, 2001-2010: This chart displays the number of employee hours reported by metal mine operators from 2001 to 2010. The employee hours range from 55.5 million to 81.4 million. In 2001, there were 68.8 million employee hours and in 2010 there were 74.8 million employee hours.


Metal Mine Operator Underground Employee Hours, 2001-2010Metal Mine Operator Underground Employee Hours, 2001-2010: This chart displays the number of underground employee hours reported by metal mine operators from 2001 to 2010. Employee hours range from 7.2 million to 11.7 million. There were 8.9 million employee hours in 2001 and 10.6 million employee hours reported in 2010.

Metal Mine Operator Surface Employee Hours, 2001-2010Metal Mine Operator Surface Employee Hours, 2001-2010: This chart displays the number of surface employee hours reported by metal mine operators from 2001 to 2010. The employee hours range from 48.3 million to 69.7 million. In 2001 there were 59.9 million employee hours and in 2010 there were 64.3 million employee hours.

Fatalities

Metal Operator Fatalities, 2001-2010Metal Operator Fatalities, 2001-2010: This chart displays the number of metal operator occupational mining fatalities from 2001 through 2010. Fatalities ranged from 9 fatalities in 2001 to 1 in 2003. There were 9 deaths in 2001 and 4 deaths in 2010.

Injuries

Metal Mine Operator Nonfatal Lost-time Injuries, Underground, 2001-2010Metal Mine Operator Nonfatal Lost-time Injuries, Underground, 2001-2010: This chart displays the number and rate of underground metal mining operator nonfatal lost-time injuries from 2001 through 2010, excluding office employees. Full-time equivalent (FTE) employees equal 2,000 hours worked per year. There were 184 nonfatal lost-time injuries in 2001 with an injury rate of 4.1 per 100 FTEs. In 2010, there were 165 injuries with a nonfatal lost-time injury rate of 3.1 per 100 FTEs.

Metal Mine Operator Nonfatal Lost-time Injuries, Underground, by Accident Class, 2006-2010Metal Mine Operator Nonfatal Lost-time Injuries, Underground, by Accident Class, 2006-2010: This pie chart displays the distribution of underground metal nonfatal lost-time injuries by accident class for the period from 2006-2010. Excluding office employees, there were 759 underground metal nonfatal lost-time injuries. Handling materials accounted for 24.5% of the injuries while Slip or fall of person had 21.9%. Fall of ground (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 13.6% of the injuries. Machinery caused 12.3%, Powered haulage 11.1%, and Hand tools 7.0% of the injuries. The All other category had 9.7% of the nonfatal lost-time injuries.

Metal Mine Operator Nonfatal Lost-time Injuries, Surface, 2001-2010Metal Mine Operator Nonfatal Lost-time Injuries, Surface, 2001-2010: This chart displays the number and rate of surface metal mining operator nonfatal lost-time injuries from 2001 through 2010, excluding office employees. Full-time equivalent (FTE) employees equal 2,000 hours worked per year. There were 551 nonfatal lost-time injuries in 2001 with an injury rate of 2.1 per 100 FTEs. In 2010, there were 439 nonfatal lost-time injuries with a nonfatal lost-time injury rate of 1.6 per 100 FTEs.

Metal Mine Operator Nonfatal Lost-time Injuries, Surface, by Accident Class, 2006-2010Metal Mine Operator Nonfatal Lost-time Injuries, Surface, by Accident Class, 2006-2010: This pie chart displays the distribution of surface metal operator nonfatal lost-time injuries by accident class for the period from 2006-2010. Excluding office employees, there were 2,676 nonfatal lost-time injuries. Handling materials had 33.8% of the those injuries, Slip or fall of person had 28.1 %, Machinery had 10.7%. Nonfatal injury cases under machinery were reclassified as 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. Powered haulage had 9.3% and Hand tools had 8.9% of the injuries. The All other category had 9.2% of the injuries.

 
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