Warrior Coal came first not for its speed but for suffering the least total penalties under the competition’s rules.
The same team also took the top spot in the Combination Competition.
For the Day 1 Mine Rescue Competition, Consol Energy’s McElroy operation came first with a completion time just 18 seconds faster than the blue team of Cliffs Natural Resources’ Pinnacle operation.
The “green team” from Consol Energy’s Enlow Fork mine won the Day 2 Mine Rescue Competition and notably received no time penalties.
Peabody Energy’s Twentymile Coal company won the Bench BG4 competition, while International Coal Group’s white team from Knott County won the Bench Biopak 240R competition, and Gibson County Coal won the Bench Biopak 240S Competition.
Patriot Coal’s Magnum team won the first aid contest, having the same amount of time penalties as Warrior Coal but with a time three minutes faster.
The Preshift Competition was won by Eastern Associated Coal’s Federal No. 2 operation by a long margin.
The event was organised by the US Mine Safety and Health Administration and had 87 mine rescue teams, 33 first aid teams, 75 BG-4 participants, 16 BioPak 240R competitors, 30 BioPak 240S individuals and 100 preshift contestants competing.