Massey gets safe

MASSEY Energy has recorded its safest year ever.
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Massey Energy's Logans Fork operation in southern West Virginia

Donna Schmidt

The company’s mines had a non-fatal days lost incident rate of 1.67 in 2009, beating the previous record of 1.93 marked in 2008. By comparison, US bituminous mines averaged an NFDL of 2.95 in 2008.

"We are extremely proud of our safety accomplishments in our operations," Massey president Baxter Phillips Jr said.

"Safety has long been our top priority. Many of our operations worked the entire year without a single lost-time incident.”

Massey noted that it continued to make strides in time, personnel and capital investment for the purpose of maintaining safety at its operations.

Baxter called on the company’s operation managers and safety development group members, challenging them to continue the safety trend in 2010.

Last year was Massey’s sixth straight year and 17th of the past 19 years in which it recorded an NFDL rate lower than the national industry average for bituminous mines.