Despite federal efforts to ensure safe working conditions for miners, they have one of the most difficult and dangerous jobs you can imagine.
To recognize their efforts, Congress declared December 6 as National Miner’s Day. Why? Our entire economy depends on them. On this holiday, we should all take a moment to think about the many ways that miners play a role in our daily lives. The extracted materials contribute to things like roads, houses, cars, and computers. We couldn’t do much without your hard work.
SCHEDULE OF NATIONAL MINERS ‘DAY
November 4, 2009 – National Miners Day began
Congress designated National Miner’s Day as a national holiday “in recognition, honor, and remembrance of the achievements and sacrifices of the nation’s miners.”
December 6, 1907 – The Monongah Mining Disaster
An explosion in Monongah, West Virginia, caused the worst mining disaster in American history.
1300: medieval mining
The demand for iron increased dramatically. Knights needed it to create their armor, weapons, horseshoes, and other equipment.
1160 BC C. – Rich history in Egypt
Gold mining took off in the predynastic era. Egypt became a major gold producer in the region for the next 1,500 years.
HOW TO OBSERVE THE NATIONAL DAY OF MINERS
Learn about miners and what they do
The Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration develops videos and blog posts to shed light on this occupation. Find out what miners achieve.
Visit a local mine if you can
Whether it’s quartz in Massachusetts or gold in California, find out what miners are working on in your state. It will surprise you!
Think of all the daily luxuries that we have that depend on mining. From our cell phones to the pots and pans we cook with, a lot depends on American miners.
WHY NATIONAL MINERS ‘DAY IS IMPORTANT
Miners are important in our lives
Miners extract our natural resources, literally allowing us to enjoy the comforts of modern life. They have a challenging job, so let’s take some time to think about everything they do.
Mining is vital to the US economy.
The United States is one of the largest producers (and consumers) of mineral products in the world. For example, the United States produces huge amounts of coal, iron ore, copper, phosphate, and zinc. The economic opportunities and wealth generated by mining are substantial.
Miners face daily dangers
Is not easy! Potential hazards for coal miners include suffocation, gas poisoning, roof collapse, rock explosion, and gas explosions.