Class Code: 1218
Per NCCI's Scopes Code Description:
Code 1218 is assigned to insureds who mine phosphate rock using electric draglines, many of which weigh over 1 million pounds. The machines strip off the overburden and then scoop out the mineral rock, which is deposited in a pit. High-pressure water guns are directed at the mass of phosphate. It is broken into a slurry, which is washed through a screen and into a high-pressure pumping system. A pipeline carries the slurry to a processing plant where the phosphate is separated and dried. The water is recycled by pumping it to a large convoluted lake system. The water enters muddy and brown, travels several miles, and drops its mud and silt, providing fishing and waterfowl cover in its cleaner parts. The water is then pumped back to the strip mining area for reuse.
This class includes the moving of the electric and water lines as the stripping operation moves along, the building and maintenance of necessary roads and the reclamation of land by the mining company after the mining is completed.
This classification also includes fuller’s earth mining, a process that includes many similarities to phosphate mining as described above.