Today is National Miners Day, which is recognized every year on the 6th day of December. We at NSSGA express our appreciation and support for the men and women who work in America’s quarries.
“The 100,000+ men and women in the aggregates industry provide the materials that are the building blocks of America’s future. It is my pleasure to recognize these hard-working men and women today,” said Michael W. Johnson, president and CEO of NSSGA.
Designated by Congress in 2009 to honor the contributions and sacrifices of workers both past and present, it is a day when NSSGA and MSHA jointly recognize the great achievements of those who produce aggregate materials.
“The hard work of America’s miners helps keep our nation strong and prosperous. Just as we rely on farmers to provide the food we put on our tables, Americans depend on miners to extract raw materials for products we use in our everyday lives,” noted MSHA Administrator David Zatezalo on the agency’s website.
The aggregates industry has improved its safety rating for 17 consecutive years, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
“There is nothing more important than ensuring operators return home safely to their loved ones at the end of each day, and we are proud of our industry’s commitment to safety,” Johnson added.
In addition to building America’s critical infrastructure, quarrying is a major contributor to the U.S. economy, generating more than $27 billion in sales. The aggregates industry also supports American families by providing over 100,000 good-paying jobs. In turn, each job in a quarry creates 4.87 additional jobs throughout the economy.