21 Mines Win Sentinels of Safety Awards
Six Coal operations and 15 Metal/Non-Metal (M/NM) mines have been recognized under the Sentinels of Safety program for working more than 4,000 hours without a lost-time injury in 2011.
"The mines we honor today symbolize our industry's continuing efforts to make U.S. mining the safest in the world," said Frank McAllister, chairman and CEO of Stillwater Mining Co. and incoming chairman of the National Mining Association (NMA). "They serve as an inspiration to the entire industry for achieving that goal." The awards were presented at a luncheon today at the MINExpo International trade show in Las Vegas.
Mines compete in 20 categories. Winners, states where they are located and the categories involved are (large company winners are listed first):
Coal Processing Facility
McElroy Prep Plant (WV), McElroy Coal Co.
EME Homer City Generation (PA), EME Homer City Generation
Rosebud Mine & Crusher/Conveyer (MT), Westmoreland Mining, LLC
Centre County Strips (PA), Amfire Mining Company, LLC
Dugout Canyon Mine (UT), Canyon Fuel Co., LLC
Bergholz 7 (OH), Rosebud Mining Co.
Bank or Pit
Preferred Sands of Wisconsin (WI), Preferred Sands of Wisconsin, LLC
Portable Crushing Plant No. 2 (MI), Carr Brothers & Sons, Inc. and Starrette Trucking Co. Pit (GA), Starrette Co., Inc.
Irwindale Rock Plant (CA), Hanson Aggregates Pacific Southwest, Inc.
Grove (KS), Cornejo & Sons, LLC
Mill Autoclave Operations (NV), Barrick Goldstrike Mines, Inc.
Milton Plant (PA), Hanson Aggregates Pennsylvania, LLC
Barrick Ruby Hill Mine, Open Pit Division (NV), Homestake Mining Co. of California
Kaufman-George Pit (IA), New NGC Inc.
Three Rivers Quarry (KY), Lafarge West, Inc.
Mallard Creek Quarry (NC), Martin Marietta Materials, Inc.
Pend Oreille Mine (WA), Teck Washington Inc.
Fire Creek (NV), Small Mine Development, LLC
Cayuga Mine (NY), Cargill Deicing Technology
Parkville Mine (MO), Hunt Martin Materials, LLC
Sentinels of Safety awards were initiated in 1925 by then Commerce Secretary Herbert Hoover and are the nation's most prestigious awards for recognizing safety in coal and M/NM mines.
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