Joseph Holmes Safety Association are Announced

The 2018 Joseph A. Holmes Safety Association (JAHSA) and Holmes Mine Rescue Association awards ceremony was held on June 7. JAHSA began in 1916 to promote health and safety in the mining industry and consists of representatives from federal and state governments, mining organizations and labor.

The winners were:

• Ival Van Horne Award: William York-Feirn – Colorado Division of
Reclamation Mining & Safety.
• William Hoover Lifetime Achievement Award: Frank Rabago – Ari-
zona State Mine Inspector.
• Woman of the Year Award: Kerbi Jacobson – Mine Safety and
Health Administration.
• Man of the Year Award: Glen Poe – Mine Safety and Health
Administration.
• National District Council Safety Competition for Surface Metal/
Nonmetal (Group II): Kansas Sunflower Safety District Council.
• National District Council Safety Competition for Surface Metal/
Nonmetal (Group III): Greater Northeast District Council.
• National District Council Safety Competition for Underground
Metal/Nonmetal (Group III): Industrial Minerals District Council.
• National District Council Safety Competition for Underground
Coal (Group I): Scotty Groves District Council.
• National District Council Safety Competition for Underground
Coal (Group III): Anthracite District Council.
• National District Council Safety Competition for Surface Coal
(Group III): Industrial Minerals District Council.
Holmes Mine Rescue Association Awards include:
• Woman of the Year Award: Suzanne Disanza Drake – KGHM Robin-
son Mine.
• Man of the Year Award: Sammy Linville – Carmeuse North America.

In addition to the safety association awards, the West Virginia State Council of the Joseph A. Holmes Safety Association sponsors awards to promote safety in West Virginia coal mines and facilities.
The following Alpha-affiliated operations received the 2017 West Virginia Holmes Safety Award:

Underground Operations
• Mammoth Coal Co. Slabcamp Mine
Surface Operations
• Pioneer Fuel Ewing Fork No. 1 (Pax)
• Highland Mining Co. Reylas (Highland)

Slabcamp is a repeat winner of the Holmes Safety Award, having been recognized for three years in a row. For Pax and Highland, it’s the
second time in four years the surface operations have received the
safety recognition.
Additionally, the superintendent of the Highland Underground Belt System, Gary Meade, was honored with the director’s Special Recognition Award from the Aracoma Council.