Alpha Natural Resources, Inc., a leading U.S. coal supplier, today announced outstanding safety performance for 2013, with 18 affiliate operations in West Virginia honored for safety achievements, including the top safety award for an underground mine. Additionally, the combined total reportable injury rate was the lowest in the company’s history.
Camp Creek Mine No. 1, operated by Rockspring Development, Inc., received the Eustace E. Frederick Milestone of Safety Award signifying exemplary safety performance for an underground mine, while 12 Alpha affiliates representing 17 operations earned the Mountaineer Guardian Safety Award. All of these operations received recognition at the Mountaineer Guardian Luncheon during the 41st annual West Virginia Mining Symposium Jan. 30 in Charleston, W.Va.
Last year, 85 operations or workgroups within the Alpha organization reported no injuries, representing more than 4 million hours worked without an accident – the best Total Reportable Incident Rate (TRIR) in Alpha’s history.
“These are outstanding achievements by our miners are testament to their continued focus on making safety a core value of everything we do, every day,” said Allen Dupree, Alpha’s senior vice president of Running Right and Safety. “Our Running Right process empowers each employee to always do the right thing, and provides them the voice, training, resources and expectations for working safely. These awards recognize their commitment to Running Right.”
The following operations in West Virginia received the Mountaineer Guardian award:
Aracoma Coal Company, Inc. Aracoma Alma No. 1
Brooks Run Mining Company, LLC Cove Mountain Deep and Wyoming No. 2
Kingston Mining, Inc. Kingston No. 2
Marfork Coal Company, Inc. Horse Creek Eagle
Spartan Mining Company Lower War Eagle and Ruby Energy
White Buck Coal Company Grassy Creek No. 1and Hominy Creek
Alex Energy, Inc. Edwight Surface Mine
Brooks Run Mining Company, LLC. Seven Pines
Highland Mining Company Reylas Surface
Elk Run Coal Company, Inc./Republic Energy Empire
Simmons Fork Mining, Inc. Ewing Fork No. 1 (Pax Surface Mine)
Brooks Run Mining Company, LLC Brooks Run Processing Plant (Erbacon)
Litwar Processing Company, LLC Litwar Preparation Plant
Rum Creek Coal Sales, Inc. Zigmond Processing
Eustace E. Frederick Milestone of Safety Award
Rockspring Development, Inc. Camp Creek Mine No. 1
The West Virginia Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training and the West Virginia Coal Association sponsor these awards to promote safety in West Virginia coal mines and facilities. The awards are presented to selected mines and mining-related entities that meet strict safety criteria and recognize organizations with fatality-free operations, superior internal safety programs, cooperative teaming with authorities and minimal safety violations.