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Congratulations to two Foundation Coal mines for being awarded the 2007 Mountaineer Guardian Safety Awards. Your commitment to the safety and well-being of your workers is worthy of commendation and helps the general public to realize how important safety is within the industry.
LINTHICUM HEIGHTS, Md., Jan 11, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Foundation Coal Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:FCL) today announced that two mines operated by West Virginia affiliates, the Laurel Creek Mine #5 and the Paynter Branch Mine, have each earned the Mountaineer Guardian safety award for 2007. The awards were presented by the West Virginia Coal Association and the West Virginia Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training at the 35th West Virginia Coal Mining annual symposium on Jan. 10, 2008.
The annual award is offered only to select mines and mining-related entities that meet strict safety criteria. The award recognizes those organizations that manage fatality-free operations, superior internal safety programs, cooperative teaming with authorities and minimal safety violations.
You can read the rest of the Foundation Coal news release here.
Congratulations to Arch Coal for having a subsidiary named the nation’s safest underground mine two years in a row.
Here is the text of a recent Arch Coal news release.
News from Arch Coal, Inc.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Media – Kim Link 314/994-2936
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Arch Coal Announces Band Mill Mine Named Nation’s Safest Underground Coal Mine, Earns Sentinels of Safety Award
Second consecutive year an Arch subsidiary ranks as safest underground mine
ST. LOUIS (September 19, 2007) – Arch Coal, Inc. (NYSE:ACI) today announced that Cumberland River Coal Company’s Band Mill No. 2 mine achieved the nation’s best safety record in 2006 among all large underground coal mines in the United States, according to the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA).
The prestigious Sentinels of Safety award was presented by MSHA and the National Mining Association to mine representatives at a banquet on Sept. 19 in Washington, D.C.
This is the second year in a row that an Arch subsidiary has been honored with the highest national safety award in the large underground mining category. Canyon Fuel Company’s Skyline mine near Scofield, Utah, earned the 2005 Sentinels of Safety award on Sept. 21, 2006.
“We’re extremely proud of the dedicated employees at Band Mill mine for making safety a core value and exhibiting true leadership in the coal industry,” said Arch Coal’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Steven F. Leer from the awards ceremony. “The employees of Band Mill safely produced nearly 550,000 tons of clean-burning, low-sulfur coal last year to provide our nation with affordable and reliable electricity.”
The Band Mill mine is located in Letcher County, Ky., and utilizes continuous mining equipment. Band Mill’s employees worked 178,000 hours without a single reportable or lost-time injury – a rate that is significantly better than the national average of 7.35 total incidents per 200,000 employee-hours worked for underground coal mines.
Arch’s subsidiaries achieved an overall 2006 safety rate of 1.23 that was nearly three times better than the industry average of 3.32 lost-time injuries per 200,000 hours worked. For a complete list of Arch’s national and state honors, visit www.archcoal.com/aboutus/awards.asp.
“We’re proud of our industry leading safety record, but we’re not satisfied,” continued Leer. “This year Cumberland River and Arch’s other subsidiaries are targeting at-risk behaviors before accidents occur. We believe continuous improvements in mine safety are absolutely necessary, and engaging in a new way of thinking about working safely will help us achieve our ultimate goal of zero accidents and injuries.”
The Sentinels of Safety awards program has been presented annually since 1925 to recognize extremely noteworthy accomplishments in the area of mine health and safety. The Sentinels of Safety awards are presented to U.S. mine operations that have worked the most employee-hours without experiencing a lost-time injury. Visit MSHA’s Web site (www.msha.gov) for a list of the award categories and current and past recipients.
Arch Coal is one of the nation’s largest coal producers. The company’s core business is providing U.S. power generators with clean-burning, low-sulfur coal for electric generation. Through its national network of mines, Arch supplies the fuel for approximately 6 percent of the electricity generated in the United States.
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