The U.S. National Mining Association’s Sentinels of Safety Award recognizes coal and mineral mining operations in 10 categories for recording the most hours in a calendar year without a single lost-time injury. A minimum of 4,000 hours is required for award consideration. The award categories reflect the safety accomplishments of both small and large mines.

Twenty American mining operations — six coal mines and 14 mineral/metal mines — will be honored with the award recognizing performance in 2021.

“The extraordinary safety accomplishments of these companies serve as a model for all of industry, which is united behind a rigorous dedication to a culture of continuous improvement,” said Rich Nolan, NMA president and CEO.

Large Group Category (Coal):

Large Coal Processing, Elk Creek Processing, Ramaco Resources Lexington, Kentucky. 

Large Surface Coal, Navajo mine, Navajo Transitional Energy Co. Broomfield, Colorado.

Large Underground Coal, Foidel Creek mine (aka Twentymile mine), Peabody St Louis, Missouri.

Small Group Category (Coal):

Small Coal Processing, Shoal Creek mine, Peabody St Louis, Missouri.

Small Surface Coal, Humphrey No. 7 mine, LP Mineral LLC, Morgantown, West Virginia.

Small Underground Coal, Straight Creek mine, Covol Fuels No. 3 LLC, Pineville, Kentucky.