Sentinels of Security Award, 2019 and 2020 | Mining


Forty US mining operations, including 12 coal mines and 28 mineral or metal mines – with two 2020 winners from Nevada – were awarded a Sentinels of Safety Award from the National Mining Association in a ceremony at MINExpo International in Las Vegas September 14.

The Safety Watchers Awards recognize coal and mineral mines in 10 categories for having logged the most hours in a calendar year without a single lost-time injury. They are awarded annually to the nation’s safest mines with a minimum of 4,000 injury-free hours.

The awards were launched in 1925 by then Commerce Secretary Herbert Hoover, a mining engineer turned president, and remain the country’s most prestigious awards recognizing mining safety.

“We are delighted to be able to meet again in person to celebrate these great safety achievements,” said Rich Nolan, President and CEO of NMA. “The Sentinels of Safety Award recognizes outstanding achievement in safety and, if there was a time to do so, it is now. When the pandemic hit, many industries closed or stayed at home. But the demand for mined materials for virtually every global supply chain has never ceased, and miners across our country have remained focused on delivering every American. The industry has come together to step up efforts on safety, educate and discuss best practices with each other, and keep our miners safe throughout this pandemic; there is much to celebrate in these efforts.

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The recipients for 2020 are as follows:

Large Group CategoryLarge Coal Processing, No.7 Mine, Warrior Met Coal, Inc. Brookwood, Alabama

Large Metals / Non-Metals Plant, Freeport-McMoRan Chino Mines Company, Freeport-McMoRan Inc. Bayard, New Mexico

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, Nevada

Large Bank or Pit, Tabasco Pit, Upper Valley Materials, LLC Penitas, Texas

Large Dredger, Briggs Plant, Fordyce Holdings Inc. Victoria, Texas

Large surface mine, Goldstrike mine, Nevada Gold Mines LLC, Carlin, Nevada

Great Quarry, Pennsuco Quarry, Titan Florida LLC Medley, Florida

Large Underground Non-metal, Intrepid Potash – East, Intrepid Potash – New Mexico, LLC Carlsbad, New Mexico

Small Group CategorySmall Coal Processing, Buckskin Mine, Buckskin Mining Company Gillette, Wyoming

Small Metal Underground, Eagle Mine, Eagle Mine, LLC Champion, Michigan

Small bank or pit, Odessa sand, stone, gravel, Lavette Development Corp. Ithaca, New York

Small dredge, Riverside Plant # 11, Holliday Sand & Gravel Lenexa, Kansas

Small Metals / Non-Metals Plant, Carmeuse – Operation Portage, ON Minerals Portage Company, LLC Portage, Indiana

Small surface mine, LR Chapman Inc., LR Chapman Inc. Lewisport, Kentucky

Small Quarry, Court 99 – Ashkum, VCNA Prairie LLC Ashkum, Illinois

Small Surface Coal, Barrackville Garbage Pile, LP Mineral LLC Barrackville, West Virginia

Small underground coal, Genesis mine, Kentucky Land Resources, Inc., Centertown, Kentucky

Small Underground Non-Metallic Mine, Rich Hill Underground Mine and Plant, Hanson Aggregates Pennsylvania LLC Connellsville, Pennsylvania

Last year’s ceremony was postponed due to the pandemic; the winners were recognized at this year’s event. The 2019 winners were:

Large Group CategoryLarge Surface Coal, Kosse Band, Luminant Mining Company, Kosse, Texas

Large Coal Processing, MC # 1 Mine, M-Class Mining LLC Franklin County, Illinois

Large metal / non-metal processing plant, North Shore Mining Company, North Shore Mining Company Silver Bay, Minnesota

Large underground coal, Leer mine, ACI Tygart Valley, LLC Grafton, West Virginia

Large Metal Underground, Cortez District Underground, Nevada Gold Mines LLC, Crescent Valley, Nevada

Large Bank or Pit, Vista Sand, Vista Proppants & Logistics Granbury, Texas

Large Dredger, Briggs Plant, Fordyce Holdings Victoria, Texas

Large surface mine, Boron Operations, United States Borax, Inc. Boron, California

Large Quarry, Tower Rock Stone – St. Genevieve FA, Tower Rock Stone Company, Sainte Genevieve, Missouri

Large Underground Non-metal, Mississippi Lime Company – St. Genevieve, Mississippi Lime Co. Sainte Genevieve, Missouri

Small Group CategorySmall Surface Coal, Highwall Miner # 1, Ramaco Resources LLC, Verner, West Virginia

Small Coal Processing, Black Thunder, Thunder Basin Coal Company LLC, Wright, Wyoming

Small Underground Metal, Eagle Mine, Champion Eagle Mine LLC, Michigan

Small Bank or Pit, American Aggregates – Swisher Factory, Heritage Aggregate LLC Indianapolis, Indiana

Small Dredge, Tarburton Pit, Pennsy Supply Inc. Kent, Delaware

Small metal / non-metal mill, Chattanooga Quarry, Martin Marietta Materials Chattanooga, Tennessee

Small surface mine, Edgar Minerals Inc., Edgar Minerals Inc. Hawthorne, Florida

Small Quarry, Kinkaid Stone Company, Kinkaid Stone Company Ava, Illinois

Small underground coal, Access Energy, Deane Mining LLC Deane, Kentucky

Small underground non-metallic mine, Springfield Pike Mine & Plant, Hanson Aggregates Pennsylvania LLC, Connellsville, Pennsylvania

“When the pandemic struck, many industries shut down or stayed at home. But the demand for mined materials for virtually every global supply chain has never ceased and miners across our country have remained focused on delivery. of every American. “

Rich Nolan, President and CEO of the National Mining Association

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