America Recognizes Miners Day

On Dec. 6, the country takes a moment to celebrate the incredible contributions that those who quarry stone, sand and gravel make on everyday life. 

“The 100,000 men and women in the aggregates industry provide the foundations that build America and should be recognized for their dedication and hard work,” said Michael W. Johnson, president and CEO of NSSGA. Specifically, he highlighted the central role that the stone, sand and gravel industry plays in the U.S. economy. “Anything built in this country of any significance began with a rock,” Johnson added.

On Tuesday, House Education and Workforce Subcommittee Chairman Bradly Byrne, R-Ala., recognized the industry in a speech on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives. He emphasized the continuing and successful effort to improve safety.  

“While performing this critical function, workers in the aggregates sector have helped make workplaces the safest they have ever been,” Byrne said. “In fact, 2016 marked the 16th consecutive year in which that industry reduced its injury rate from the year-earlier level.”

To view Rep. Byrne’s speech in its entity click here.