Safety leaders

THIS month West Virginia honored its safest mines and miners at the annual West Virginia State Holmes Safety Association awards.
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Angie Tomlinson

The awards were held in Charleston on September 19-11 and included safety mine awards, pacesetter awards and coal safety leader nominations.

Recipient of the underground section of a mine producing more than one million tons was Harris No. 1 longwall. The Harris #1 Mine is operated by Peabody Coal subsidiary Eastern Associated Coal Company and extracts the 76 inch Eagle Seam in Wharton, Boone County, West Virginia. In 2003 Harris had 298 workers and produced 2.9 million tons.

In the 500,000 to one million ton section Fairfax Mining Company’s No. 3 Mine took the honors while Mingo Logan’s Moutaineer mine took out the 300,000 to 500,000 ton underground category.

Of the smaller mines, Newton’s Energy’s Coalburg No. 1 Mine won 100,000 to 300,000 ton section and Chad Coal’s Wolfpen Mine was successful in the 100,000 tons or less category.

In District three’s underground coal Pacesetter Awards the following mines were successful:

Nelms Mine – Cadiz Portal, CAM Ohio

Buckingham Mine #2, Buckingham Coal Company

No. 10-6A, Mountain Spring Coal Company

Sterling South Mine, Sterling Mining Corporation

Carroll Hollow Mine, Sterling Mining Corporation

Taylor #1, ARJ Construction Company

In District four’s Pacesetter Awards in underground coal the following mines were successful:

Aracoma Alma Mine #1, Aracoma Coal Company

Kingston No. 1, Kingston Mining

Kingston No. 2, Kingston Mining

Coon Cedar Grove Mine, Marfork Coal Company

Mine No. 32, XMV

Mine No. 3, Rock ‘n Roll Coal Company

During the 20th annual meeting of the West Virginia State Council Holmes Safety Association the Coal Safety Leader nominations were announced. This award allows mining operations in West Virginia, Ohio and Maryland recognize contributors to the prevention of injuries and fatalities.

From Performance Coal safety director George Nelson was nominated. Nelson has been instrumental in creating unique safety programs geared to specific issues, including the ATOM Program (Advanced Training of Members) the ACT Process (Accidents, Citations and Training) as well as the Strain and Sprain Clinic.

Eastern Associated’s Michael Phipps from the Harris Operating Unit was also nominated. Phipps actively supported the safety efforts of the Holmes Safety Association both on the job and through providing leadership and direction of the local councils by holding offices within the council and by his participation in the various programs and nettings. The operations he has worked have received numerous safety awards.

Riverton Coal Production’s Ed Rudder, who works at the Rockspring Development, was nominated. Some notable milestones in Rudder’s career include 23 years of mine rescue, rescue and recovery operation at three mine disasters, assistance in the development of a safety program which won the national award from MSHA, and extensive involvement with Holmes safety.

Coal Mac human resource and safety manager Richard Phillips was also nominated. Phillips has been a leader in instilling a “safety first” attitude in the employees of Coal-Mac through putting in the necessary time and dedication to foster a safe atmosphere at the mine.

Anker Energy chief executive James Beck was nominated for setting corporate wide safety goals and standards at Anker Energy. He introduced monthly corporation safety meetings and is proactive in searching for and trying new ideas, working with and involving the various agencies and sharing information.