Awards for Safety Achievements

Joseph A. Holmes Safety Association Awards
In April of 2008, the Joseph A. Holmes Safety Association selected the Green Valley Preparation Plant and two mines operated by the Aracoma Coal Company to receive Pacesetter Awards for outstanding safety achievements. Green Valley and Aracoma are operating units of Massey Energy Company.

The association, a non-profit organization founded in 1918, annually recognizes outstanding safety performance in the mining industry. The association’s members include representatives from state and federal government agencies, mining organizations and labor unions.

The prestigious Pacesetter Awards were presented fomally to the Green Valley plant and Aracoma’s Alma Mine and Hernshaw Mine at the national Holmes Safey Awards Dinner at Oglebay Resort in Wheeling, WV. The awards honor operations with exceptionally low lost-time accident rates.

In 2007, workers at Green Valley logged 64,000 hours without a lost time accident and a NFDL rate of zero. Non-fatal days lost (NFDL) rates are the benchmark used by the coal industry to measure safety.

The miners at Aracoma Coal Company had no lost time accidents in 2007 therefore a 0.00 NFDL rate. During 2007, the miners at Aracoma worked over 574,000 hours.

bradbury_award.jpg Aracoma also received Massey Energy’s prestigious Bradbury Safety Award in March in recognition of their outstanding safety achievements.

Safety is our top priority at Massey, and we are pleased that MSHA has again recognized our members’ unwavering commitment to working safely everyday.

The stellar safety records at Green Valley and Aracoma helped Massey Energy achieve its best safety performance in the company’s history in 2007. Massey recorded a NFDL rate of 2.05 for the year, far below the industry average of 3.31.

The Joseph A. Holmes Safety Association also honored six additional Massey Energy mines in April of 2008 for their exemplary safety performance in 2007.

The safety awards are based on injury rates and other safety measurements. The association also recognizes steady year-after-year improvements in injury rates.

The six Massey mines honored for outstanding safety records in 2007 were:
Black King 1-N Portal in Boone County, WV
Justice No. 1 Mine in Boone County, WV
Horse Creek Eagle in Raleigh County, WV
Bandmill Coal Tower Mountain Surface Mine in Logan County, WV
West Cazy Surface Mine in Boone County, WV
Republic Energy Surface Mine in Raleigh County, WV

The awards were formally presented at the safety association’s annual meeting in Wheeling, West Virginia on May 9-10. The West Cazy and Justice No. 1 mines are repeat winners from last year.

Mountaineer Guardian Awards
In January of 2008, the West Virginia Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training and the West Virginia Coal Association awarded three Massey Energy Company subsidiaries with the Mountaineer Guardian Award, the annual award presented to companies that exemplify mine safety throughout West Virginia.

The Mountaineer Guardian Award was presented to the Black King 1 North Portal Mine at Elk Run Coal Company in Boone County, Bandmill Coal Company’s Tower Mountain Surface Mine in Logan County and the White Buck #2 Mine at White Buck Coal Company in Nicholas County.

The three mines were nominated by state mine inspectors and the West Virginia Coal Association for their outstanding safety performances during 2007.

The Mountaineer Guardian Award was established in 1983 to recognize mining operations with exemplary safety records.