At the Joseph A Holmes Safety Association's 25th annual West Virginia State Council gathering in Wheeling the weekend of May 10, representatives of the McElroy mine in West Virginia were given a certificate of achievement for its excellent safety record among the nation's underground mines that produced more than 3 million tons of coal in 2007.
The mine, which also won the award in 2006, produced 9.7Mt in 2007. It is classified as the largest West Virginia underground mine, the company said, as well as one of the largest in the US.
Consol's Robinson Run and Loveridge operations in West Virginia also received Holmes Safety awards in the same category. In 2007, Robinson Run produced 6.5Mt of output while Loveridge realised 6.6Mt during the same period.
The producer's Fola Coal was spotlighted in the surface mine category for operations producing more than 500,001t of coal annually, and its Peach Orchard Prep Plant was recognised in the preparation plant category.
Also during the event, the US Mine Health and Safety Administration bestowed its annual Pacesetter Awards, given to operations with the best injury-incidence rate among underground coal mines and preparation plants during a calendar year.
Consol's 2007 Pacesetter award winners included Robinson Run, Lick Branch No. 2 and Fola Coal Company's Peach Orchard preparation plant and loadout.