|LAS VEGAS – The National Mining Association (NMA) will gather today at MINExpo INTERNATIONAL® 2021 to honor outstanding achievements in mine safety and technology.
The NMA’s Sentinels of Safety Award recognizes coal and mineral mining operations in 10 categories for recording the most hours in a calendar year without a single lost-time injury. A minimum of 4,000 hours is required for award consideration. The award categories reflect the safety accomplishments of both small and large mines.
Forty American mining operations – 12 coal mines and 28 mineral/metal mines – will be honored with the award recognizing performance in 2019 and 2020.
“We are pleased to be able to come together once again in-person to celebrate these great accomplishments in safety,” said Rich Nolan, NMA president and CEO. “The Sentinels of Safety Award acknowledges outstanding achievements in safety and, if ever there were a time to do so, it is now. When the pandemic hit, many industries shut down or stayed home. But the demand for mined materials for virtually every global supply chain never stopped and our nation’s miners remained focus on delivering for every American. The industry has come together to double-down on our safety efforts, learn about and discuss best practices with each other, and keep our miners as safe as possible throughout this pandemic; there is a great deal to celebrate in those efforts.”
Initiated in 1925 by then Commerce Secretary Herbert Hoover, a former mining engineer, the Sentinels of Safety Award program remains the nation’s most prestigious recognition of mine safety and has helped foster a strong safety commitment on the part of U.S. mines.
Note: all recipients marked with an asterisk* are members of the NMA.
Recipients for 2020 include the following:
Large Group Category
- Large Coal Processing, No. 7 Mine, Warrior Met Coal, Inc.* Brookwood, Ala.
- Large Metal/Nonmetal Mill, Freeport-McMoRan Chino Mines Company, Freeport-McMoRan Inc.* Bayard, N.M.
- Large Surface Coal, San Miguel Lignite Mine, NACG Texas, Inc. Christine, Texas
- Large Underground Coal, Century Mine, Belmont County Coal Resources, Inc.* Beallsville, Ohio
- Large Underground Metal, Cortez District, Nevada Gold Mines LLC* Crescent Valley, Nev.
- Large Bank or Pit, Tabasco Pit, Upper Valley Materials, LLC Penitas, Texas
- Large Dredge, Briggs Plant, Fordyce Holdings Inc. Victoria, Texas
- Large Open Pit, Goldstrike Mine, Nevada Gold Mines LLC* Carlin, Nev.
- Large Quarry, Pennsuco Quarry, Titan Florida LLC Medley, Fla.
- Large Underground Nonmetal, Intrepid Potash – East, Intrepid Potash – New Mexico, LLC Carlsbad, N.M.
Small Group Category
- Small Coal Processing, Buckskin Mine, Buckskin Mining Company Gillette, Wyo.
- Small Underground Metal, Eagle Mine, Eagle Mine, LLC Champion, Mich.
- Small Bank or Pit, Odessa Sand, Stone, Gravel, Lavette Development Corp. Ithaca, N.Y.
- Small Dredge, Riverside Plant #11, Holliday Sand & Gravel Lenexa, Kans.
- Small Metal/Nonmetal Mill, Carmeuse – Portage Operation, O-N Minerals Portage Company, LLC Portage, Ind.
- Small Open Pit, L R Chapman Inc., L R Chapman Inc. Lewisport, Ky.
- Small Quarry, Yard 99 – Ashkum, VCNA Prairie LLC Ashkum, Ill.
- Small Surface Coal, Barrackville Refuse Pile, LP Mineral LLC Barrackville, W.Va.
- Small Underground Coal, Genesis Mine, Kentucky Land Resources, Inc.* Centertown, Ky.
- Small Underground Nonmetal, Rich Hill Underground Mine & Plant, Hanson Aggregates Pennsylvania LLC Connellsville, Pa.
Last year’s ceremony was postponed due to the pandemic; winners will be recognized at this year’s event. Winners from 2019 were:
Large Group Category
- Large Surface Coal, Kosse Strip, Luminant Mining Company* Kosse, Texas
- Large Coal Processing, MC #1 Mine, M-Class Mining LLC Franklin County, Ill.
- Large Metal/Nonmetal Mill, North Shore Mining Company, North Shore Mining Company Silver Bay, Minn.
- Large Underground Coal, Leer Mine, ACI Tygart Valley, LLC* Grafton, W.Va.
- Large Underground Metal, Cortez District Underground, Nevada Gold Mines LLC* Crescent Valley, Nev.
- Large Bank or Pit, Vista Sand, Vista Proppants & Logistics Granbury, Texas
- Large Dredge, Briggs Plant, Fordyce Holdings Victoria, Texas
- Large Open Pit, Boron Operations, US Borax, Inc.* Boron, Calif.
- Large Quarry, Tower Rock Stone – St. Genevieve FA, Tower Rock Stone Company Sainte Genevieve, Mo.
- Large Underground Nonmetal, Mississippi Lime Company – St. Genevieve, Mississippi Lime Co. Sainte Genevieve, Mo.
Small Group Category
- Small Surface Coal, Highwall Miner #1, Ramaco Resources LLC* Verner, W.Va.
- Small Coal Processing, Black Thunder, Thunder Basin Coal Company LLC* Wright, Wyo.
- Small Underground Metal, Eagle Mine, Eagle Mine LLC Champion, Mich.
- Small Bank or Pit, U.S. Aggregates – Swisher Plant, Heritage Aggregate LLC Indianapolis, Ind.
- Small Dredge, Tarburton Pit, Pennsy Supply Inc. Kent, Del.
- Small Metal/Nonmetal Mill, Chattanooga Quarry, Martin Marietta Materials Chattanooga, Tenn.
- Small Open Pit, Edgar Minerals Inc., Edgar Minerals Inc. Hawthorne, Fla.
- Small Quarry, Kinkaid Stone Company, Kinkaid Stone Company Ava, Ill.
- Small Underground Coal, Access Energy, Deane Mining LLC Deane, Ky.
- Small Underground Nonmetal, Springfield Pike Mine & Plant, Hanson Aggregates Pennsylvania LLC Connellsville, Pa.
In addition, on behalf of the U.S. National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the NMA will also recognize winners from this and last year with NIOSH’s annual Mine Safety and Health Technology Innovation Awards. Honorees are selected due to the significant advancements they have made to enhance mine safety by applying technology or improved processes in innovative ways.
The following companies will be recognized for 2021:
- Coeur Mining* will be recognized for developing and utilizing technology to solve the exposure and risks associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Matrix Design Group* will be recognized for combining multiple technologies to improve proximity detection for battery scoops in underground coal mines.
The following companies will be recognized for 2020:
- Freeport-McMoRan* will be recognized for developing the Haul Truck Operator Scorecard, pairing multiple existing sensor technologies on haul trucks with big data technology to detect operator behaviors that fall outside of established safe operating practices.
- Matrix Design Group* will be recognized for developing a system that uses artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to prevent collisions of mobile surface equipment, as well as collisions involving machines and workers.
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