CHARLESTON – Three Boone County mining operations have been recognized by the coal industry for their safety efforts in 2012. A total of thirty-eight West Virginia mining operations across the state were recognized during the Mountaineer Guardian Awards Luncheon as part of the West Virginia Coal Association’s 40th Annual West Virginia Mining Symposium, held in Charleston in March.
“Our industry is committed to sending our coal miners home at the end of their shifts,” said West Virginia Coal Association President Bill Raney. “Our member companies work hard every day to meet the highest standards of workplace safety and our goal is simple – zero accidents. We believe this is an attainable goal.”
The Boone County operations receiving safety awards were: Coal River Mining, LLC, Fork Creek No. 1 Underground Mine, Boone County; Eastern Associated Coal Corp., Rock Lick Siding Preparation Plant, Boone County; and Coal River Mining, LLC, Mine No. 6 Surface Mine, Boone County.
Elk Run Coal Company’s Republic Energy operation in Raleigh County earned the top safety award bestowed upon surface mine operations – the Bart B. Lay Milestones in Safety Award. The McElroy Coal Company’s McElroy Mine in Marshall County claimed the top honor for underground mining operations in the state – the Eustace E. Frederick Award.
The West Virginia Coal Association’s Mountaineer Guardian Awards are presented each year to mining companies that have demonstrated a commitment to safety standards. Inspectors for the West Virginia Office of Mine Health, Safety & Training nominate companies based on numerous criteria.