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Nonmetal operator mining facts - 2005.

Authors
NIOSH
Source
NIOSH 2008 Sep; :1-2
NIOSHTIC No.
20034770
Abstract
Mining Operations: In 2005, a total of 739 nonmetal mining operations reported employment to the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). These mines (e.g., potash, gypsum, salt) comprised 5.0% of all operations. Mines producing common clay comprised 26.9% (n=199) of all nonmetal mining operations. Nonmetal mining operations were located in all states and territories except Alaska, Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. Employees: A total of 19,678 employees, corresponding to 20,014 full-time equivalent (FTE) employees, were reported to MSHA by nonmetal mine operators in 2005. Within the mining sectors, nonmetal mine operator employees accounted for 6.9% of all employee hours reported. Employee hours were reported at underground (11.9%) and surface (88.1%) work locations. Fatalities: There were four occupational fatalities in nonmetal mines in 2005, compared to one fatality in 2004. The nonmetal operator fatality rate was 20.0 per 100,000 FTE employees. Nonfatal Lost-time Injuries: There were 509 nonfatal lost-time injuries (80 at underground and 429 at surface work locations) among nonmetal operator employees occurring at a rate of 2.5 injuries per 100 FTE employees. A total of 24,555 days lost from work resulted from these injuries. The underground nonfatal lost-time injury rate was greater than the surface injury rate (3.3 vs. 2.4 per 100 FTE workers). In 2005, the most frequent classification of nonfatal lost-time injuries involved handling materials (n=195; 38.3%). Sprains and strains were the most frequently reported nature of injury (n=232; 45.6%). The back was the most frequently reported body part injured (n=89; 17.5%) and accounted for 3,978 days lost from work.
Keywords
Nonmetal-mining; Employees; Injuries; Statistical-analysis; Lost-work-days; Materials-handling; Back-injuries; Hearing-impairment; Hearing-loss; Mine-workers; Mining-industry
Contact
NIOSH Pittsburgh Research Laboratory, P.O. Box 18070, Pittsburgh, PA 15236
Publication Date
20080901
Document Type
Numbered Publication
Fiscal Year
2008
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
(NIOSH) 2008-152
NIOSH Division
PRL
Priority Area
Mining
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
PA
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