Mining Publication: Metal Operator Mining Facts - 2003
In 2003, a total of 258 metal mining operations reported employment to the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). Metal mines were the smallest mining sector, comprising 1.8% of all mining operations. A total of 24,648 employees, corresponding to 24,468 full-time equivalent (FTE) employees, were reported by metal mine operators. This is a 5.7% decrease from the number of FTE metal mine employees reported in 2002. One work-related fatality occurred in metal mines in 2003, compared to four in 2002. There were 579 nonfatal lost-time injuries among metal mine employees occurring at a rate of 2.4 per 100 FTE employees. These injuries resulted in 21,139 days lost from work. A total of 63 cases of occupational illness were reported to MSHA for metal mine employees.