“It reflects the collective efforts of the entire West Elk workforce,” Miller added. “Most importantly, these accomplishments have allowed us to deliver on our true goal — ensuring the entire team goes home safely every day.”

In addition to the record-setting safety this year, West Elk also announced that its red mine rescue team was named the Colorado state champion. West Elk employee Ty Odle took home No. 1 state and national honors in the Biopak 240S category; 87 teams and 800 people from across the country participated in the competition held in Columbus on September 24.

“Mine safety competitions help our employees hone their skills and gauge how they stack up against others,” Miller said of the all-volunteer group. “Our teams practice year round to ensure they stay prepared and we are quite proud of their achievements.”