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ANR takes state safety awards

SEVERAL facilities in the production portfolio of Alpha Natural Resources have taken home Coal Mine Safety Awards from the state of Virginia.

Donna Schmidt
ANR takes state safety awards

The Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy honoured operations which upheld outstanding safety performance through 2007 across four main categories: small and large underground mines, and small and large surface mines.

The chosen winners, which qualified by completing the year without a lost-time accident, were reviewed by the state’s Coal Mine Safety Board.

Taking the honour in the Large Underground Mine division was the Black Dog No. 2 operation, the crews of which reported 189,831 employee hours without a lost-time accident. The mine near Bee was the only complex in contention for the award which marked zero lost-time accidents.

Three ANR subsidiary properties also took runner-up awards in the Large Surface Mine division, including Paramont Coal Company Virginia’s 88 Strip and Red Onion surface mines and Dickenson-Russell Coal's McClure River preparation plant. None marked a lost-time accident last year.

According to the company, the DMME and VCMSB also honour individuals at mine operations that finish a calendar year without lost-time injuries.

For 2007, several of those workers were ANR team members: 13 at Deep Mine No. 35 received plaques for working longer than 30 years without a lost-time accident, 12 marked 20 to 30 years and eight were honoured for 10 to 20 years of service lost-time-injury-free.

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