Statistics: Sand & Gravel Operators
The following maps, graphs, and tables represent data for Sand and Gravel Mine 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 describes the number and rate of fatalities, the number and rate by work locations, and the number of fatalities by accident class. The Injuries section presents the number and rate of nonfatal lost-time injuries, the number and rate by work locations, and the number of injuries by accident class. Note: Sand & gravel mining occurs at surface locations only. Data source: Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). See Statistical Methodology for further details.
Locations of Active Sand and Gravel Mining Operations, 2012: United States map displaying the locations of active sand and gravel mining operations spotted randomly within counties in 2012. Active mines are mining operations that reported mine operator employment during the year. There were 6,797 sand and gravel mines. Mines at which only contractors were working did not show any employment and are not displayed.
Number of Active Sand and Gravel Mines by Year, 2003-2012: Graph displaying the number of active mines for a 10-year period from 2003 through 2012. Active mines are those mines that reported any mine operator employee hours during the year. The number of sand and gravel mines have remained relatively level over the period with 6,797 mines in 2012.
Sand & Gravel Mine Operator Employees, 2012: Map of the United States displaying employment density by county of the 37,067 sand & gravel mine operator employees in 2012. 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.
Number of Employee Hours Reported by Sand and Gravel Mine Operators, 2003-2012: Graph displaying the number of sand and gravel mine operator employee hours reported from 2003 through 2012. The employee hours varied over the period from 74.8 million hours in 2003 to 56.6 million hours reported for 2012. The largest decline in hours was from 2006 when 79.6 million hours were reported to 2009 when the hours were 55.2 million. From 2009 the employment remained stable to 2012 when 56.6 million hours were reported.
Sand and Gravel Operator Occupational Mining Fatalities by Year, 2003-2012: Graph displaying the number of occupational mining fatalities, excluding office employees, from 2003 through 2012. Rates are not computed when there are a small number of events. Fatalities varied over the period with the highest number being 10 in 2005. The year with the least number was 2010 when 1 fatality occurred.
Nonfatal Lost-time Injuries, 2012 (Sand & Gravel Mine Operators and Independent and Independent Contractors): Map of the United States displaying nonfatal lost-time injury density by county for 405 sand & gravel mine operator and contractor injuries during 2012. 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.
Number and Rate of Sand and Gravel Mining Operator Nonfatal Lost-time Injuries by Year, 2003-2012: Chart displaying the number and rate of sand and gravel mining operator nonfatal lost-time injuries, excluding office employees, from 2003 through 2012. Full-time equivalent (FTE) employees are based on 2,000 employee hours worked per year. The rates and numbers have trended down over the period. The highest rate was 2.6 nonfatal lost-time injuries per 100 FTEs in 2003 to a low rate of 1.5 in 2012. The highest number of injuries occurred in 2003 when 846 were reported. The year during the period with the lowest number of injuries was 2011 when 371 injuries occurred.
Sand and Gravel Operator Nonfatal Lost-time Injuries by Accident Class for Surface Mining Locations, 2008-2012: Pie chart displaying the distribution of nonfatal lost-time injuries by accident class for sand and gravel operators at surface mining locations for the period from 2008 through 2012. Excluding office employees, there were a total of 2,084 lost-time injuries. "Handling materials" had 34.7% and "Slip or fall of person" had 27.8% of the nonfatal lost-time injuries. "Hand tools" had 11.6%, "Powered haulage" accounted for 9.1%, and "Machinery" comprised 8.3% of the nonfatal lost-time injuries. Note that 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. The All other category accounted for 8.6% 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.
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- Nonmetal Operator Mining Facts - 2008
- Sand and Gravel Operator Mining Facts - 2006
- Sand and Gravel Operator Mining Facts - 2008
- Statistical Methodology
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- Page last reviewed: 8/11/2015
- Page last updated: 8/20/2014
- Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Mining Program