Tonya Smith




What type of miner are you and how long have you been mining?
I'm currently a fuelman with mobile maintenance ar nyrstar middle Tennessee mines. I've been mining for 4 years.

When mining, what is your goto apparel?
I wear my slickers mostly from Idaho mining but the company provides those for me now. as a single mom of 4 I don't spend much on myself usually lol.

If there was one thing you could change about the mining industry, what would it be?
If I could change anything I would like to see all departments working together.

What drew you to mining?
I've always been drawn to digging things up since I was small. I applied at the mine feeling it would be right up my alley and after 4 years I still feel more at home underground. I'm happy to be apart of something meaningful and am proud to have chosen it as my profession.

What skills have you found vital to your job?
 Listening. Paying attention. Without those abilities our job becomes even more dangerous than it already is. We are family and we need to make sure we all get to go home each day.

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