The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


April 7, 2013

United Coal Co. operations win safety award

Four operations of United Coal Co. are recipients of the West Virginia Mountaineer Guardian Safety Award.

The four include two underground mines, one surface mine and one preparation plant.

- The Josephine No. 3 Mine of Pocahontas Coal Co.y in Raleigh County

- The Pleasant Hill Mine of  Carter Roag Co. in Randolph County

- The Tommy Creek Mine South of Pocahontas Coal Co. in Raleigh County

- The Star Bridge Preparation Plant of Carter Roag Co. in Randolph County.

“We are proud of this achievement, which is a reflection of the commitment of our management and employees working together to provide the best possible safety environment for our operations,” said Mike Zervos, president and CEO of United Coal.  

“When you consider that only 5 percent of eligible operations receive the award, you know how significant this achievement really is,” added Zervos. “Fifty percent of United Coal’s West Virginia operations were recipients of the award.”

The awards are sponsored by the West Virginia Office of Miner’s Health, Safety and Training and the West Virginia Coal Association and presented annually at the West Virginia Mining Symposium.

The following criteria are considered for selection:

- The mine/facility must not have a fatality for the award period

- The company’s safety program

- The cooperative efforts by the company and inspectors to work together in good faith

- The history of violations

The Mountaineer Guardian Safety Awards Program was established in 1983 to promote safety in thecoal fields of West Virginia.

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