The Barton B. Lay, Jr. Milestones of Safety Award was presented to Coal-Mac, Inc. by the West Virginia Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training for the best safety performance among West Virginia surface coal mines in 2010. Coal-Mac’s surface employees completed 599,653 hours without a medical reportable safety incident in 2010.
Mountain Laurel’s Mountaineer II mine earned a West Virginia Mountaineer Guardian Award for underground mine safety. Employees completed 754,760 hours with a total incident rate of 1.72 per 200,000 hours worked, which is three times better than the U.S. underground coal mine average of 5.81 per 200,000 employee hours.
In addition to earning the state’s top safety award, Coal-Mac also received the year’s top environmental achievement. The West Virginia Division of Environmental Protection (DEP) presented Coal-Mac with the Greenlands Award for overall outstanding environmental performance and achievement in reclamation. This marks Coal-Mac’s third time to claim the top Greenlands Award and the sixth time in 10 years an Arch subsidiary has earned the honor.
Moreover, Coal-Mac earned a second reclamation award—The South Surface Award—for exemplary post-mining land use on its Phoenix surface mine. Superior planning and reclamation resulted in a commercial farming, cattle and horse grazing operation in Mingo County.
“Our men and women in West Virginia have achieved the state’s top awards for their devotion to safety and environmental care,” said John W. Eaves, president and COO, Arch Coal. “We’re honored to lead the Central Appalachian coal industry in safety and environmental performance and to improve upon our leading record year after year.”
Coal-Mac is a subsidiary of Arch Coal, Coal-Mac is located near Holden, W.Va., and employs approximately 300 people. In the past five years, the employees of Coal-Mac have received a dozen national and state awards for environmental excellence, including a Department of Interior 2010 National Award for excellence in surface mine reclamation.
Mingo Logan Coal is a subsidiary of Arch Coal. Mingo Logan’s Mountain Laurel complex is located near Sharples, W.Va., and has a workforce of approximately 350 people.