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2013 AWARDS


Dugout Canyon & Sufco Mines Garner Top Safety Awards 
Arch Coal announced that Canyon Fuel Co.’s Dugout Canyon and Sufco mines have received two major multistate safety awards from the Rocky Mountain Coal Mining Institute (RMCMI).   Dugout Canyon mine received the RMCMI 2013 Safety Award among small underground mines for achieving a perfect safety record. Dugout Canyon employees worked 239,763 hours with a total incident rate of zero, compared to the national underground coal average of 5.05 incidents per 200,000 employee-hours. This is the second consecutive year Dugout Canyon earned the RMCMI Safety Award. 

Sufco mine received the RMCMI 2013 Safety Award among large underground mines for achieving a perfect safety record. In 2012, Sufco employees worked 593,557 hours with a total incident rate of zero, compared to the national underground average of 5.05 incidents per 200,000 employee-hours. 

“The employees of Sufco and Dugout truly deserve this recognition for their unwavering commitment to operating safely,” said Gene DiClaudio, president of Arch Western Bituminous Group. “Congratulations to our employees for operating a safe and productive workplace.”

To qualify for the eight-state award, mines must have produced substantial coal volumes without a reportable safety incident during 2012. Mines then were compared using incident rate data as reported to MSHA for the calendar year. The RMCMI bestowed a total of three safety awards in 2013 to Arch Coal subsidiaries, including Thunder Basin’s Coal Creek mine in the surface mine category.

Canyon Fuel is Utah’s largest coal producer and a large state employer, with a workforce of more than 700. It operates the Dugout Canyon, Skyline and Sufco mines.

Sufco Mine & Castle Valley Plant Named Utah’s Safest Coal Operators of 2012
Arch Coal’s Canyon Fuel Co. subsidiary announced its Sufco mine and Dugout Canyon’s Castle Valley preparation plant received Utah state safety awards for best-in-class 2012 performance. Sufco mine has been named 2012 Safe Operator of the Year among underground coal mines and Dugout Canyon’s Castle Valley preparation plant has been named 2012 Safe Coal Processing Facility by the Utah State Labor Commission and Office of Coal Mine Safety (OCMS).

“Congratulations to Sufco and Castle Valley’s employees for upholding our core values by running safe, responsible and efficient operations,” said Kenneth D. Cochran, Arch’s senior vice president of operations.
“Your safety record of zero accidents for 2012 is a great achievement in the coal industry and reflects your company’s fine safety programs and training,” Kent Houghton, director of Utah Coal Mine Safety, said in his congratulatory letter. “Thank you for being a leader in mine safety in the state of Utah.”

In 2012, Sufco employees worked 593,557 hours with a total incident rate of zero, compared to the national underground average of 5.05 incidents per 200,000 employee-hours. Dugout Canyon’s Castle Valley preparation plant has operated incident-free for more than six consecutive years.

Arch’s Canyon Fuel Company is Utah’s largest coal producer and a large state employer, with a workforce of more than 700. It operates the Dugout Canyon, Skyline and Sufco mines. Arch Coal recently announced a definitive agreement to sell its Canyon Fuel subsidiary to Bowie Resources. The transaction is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2013.