Candidates for the annual safety award are evaluated based on information submitted to the state mine inspector, including hours worked and lost-time incidents. The workforce at Belle Ayr completed more than 472,000 work hours in 2016 without a single lost-time accident.

“All of us at Contura Coal West are proud of the Belle Ayr mine employees for their outstanding safety performance this past year,” said Shane Durgin, president of Contura Coal West.