Conaway joins Arch Coal

FORMER West Virginian safety director Doug Conaway will take up a senior safety position with Arch Coal.

Staff Reporter

In his new role as director of corporate safety Conaway will report to Tony Bumbico, who occupies the lead safety role at Arch Coal and will be responsible for safety improvements and regulatory compliance initiatives.

“Working safely is a core value at Arch Coal," Bumbico said. “Doug is a great fit because he has built his career around mine safety, and we expect that his talent and passion will help take our safety programs to the next level."

For nearly 15 years, Conaway served in various capacities at West Virginia's Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training (MHST) while concurrently serving as chairman of the West Virginia Board of Coal Mine Health and Safety. In his role as director of MHST from 2001 to 2006, Conaway oversaw enforcement, training, certifications and investigations.

Conaway has served in a variety of mining positions with the Department of Energy, as well as Eastern Associated Coal Corporation.

He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from Fairmont State College in 1980, a Master of Science degree in Safety Management from West Virginia University in 1982, and a Master of Science degree in Occupational Safety and Health Engineering from West Virginia University in 1989. Conaway is a certified mine safety professional.