National Miner’s Day honors the contributions of miners across the country. Additionally, the day reflects on their sacrifices and offers time to show appreciation to the hard-working individuals of the mining country.
As we honor their accomplishments and remember the tragedies that these hard-working individuals experience, the country must keep in mind that mining is one of the most dangerous jobs in America. Miners put their lives at risk every day. They contend with health and safety issues as well as an uncertain future.
The Coal Mine Health and Safety Act of 1969 as well as the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 were created to oversee the safety and health of all miners.
Everyday products we use are made up of raw materials excavated from mines. These materials are a result of the work of the miners. These men and women play a much more critical role in our lives than most people realize.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalMinersDay
Throughout the day, learn about mining history and how the industry changes year after year. Attend a mining memorial ceremony. While there, familiarize yourself with the dangers and health conditions associated with mining. Another way to participate is by becoming educated about mining. Thank miners you know for their hard work. Visit a mining museum. Watch a mining documentary. If you’re a miner, share your experiences with others.
Use #NationalMinersDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL MINER’S DAY HISTORY
National Miner’s Day marks the anniversary of the worst mining accident in history on December 6, 1907, in Monogah, West Virginia. The disaster resulted in the deaths of 362 miners. In 2009, Congress proclaimed the day be observed each year on December 6th.