December 6 is National Miners Day, a day designated by Congress to honor the contributions and sacrifices of miners both past and present.
As stated by MSHA chief Joe Main:
The next time you flip on a light switch, squeeze the toothpaste dispenser, salt your food, navigate a bridge or highway, or power up your computer, thank a miner. Each day, approximately 366,000 men and women go to work in the more than 13,000 underground and surface mining operations throughout our country, extracting dozens of types of materials that make our lives easier and better.
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Historians of mine safety will recognize this date because it represents the greatest loss of lives in America’s industrial past. On Dec. 6, 1907, 362 men and boys perished in a massive underground explosion at the Fairmont Coal Co.’s №6 and №8 mines in northern West Virginia.
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