Honoring the Bravery of Mine Rescue Teams
Working in mines is a dangerous career. Approximately 333,000 men and women work in mines across the US.
Roof cave-ins, flooding, fires, and explosions present great risk to miners. When these emergencies occur, mine rescuers are called to save their fellow miners from peril. October 30 has been set aside as Mine Rescue Day, in recognition of the dedication and sacrifice of the people who risk their lives to help others.
According to the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), mine rescuers undertake some of the most difficult response work in the country, sometimes traveling miles underground in low-visibility conditions while carrying supplies to find and save missing workers.
Mine Rescue Day has been celebrated on October 30 since 2013.