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MSHA News Release No. 99-0901
Mine Safety and Health Administration - USDOL
Contact: Amy Louviere
Phone: 703-235-1452

Released Tuesday, September 1, 1999

MINING OPERATIONS RECOGNIZED FOR OUTSTANDING SAFETY RECORDS

Eight mining operations have been honored for their outstanding 1998 safety records in the annual Sentinels of Safety awards program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) and the National Mining Association (NMA).

Mining companies in various operational categories were recognized for achieving the greatest number of employee work-hours in 1998 without an injury that resulted in lost workdays. To qualify, a company had to compile at least 30,000 employee work-hours during the year without a lost-time injury or fatality.

> "The Sentinels of Safety is the nation's highest mine safety honor," said J. Davitt McAteer, assistant labor secretary for mine safety and health. "Creating and maintaining a thorough training program and safe production practices are key ingredients for companies that achieve this distinction."

> First place winners and their number of consecutive employee-hours recorded in each of the MSHA/NMA sponsored mining categories are:

Underground Coal Group
Kingston No. 1, Kingston Mining, Inc., Scarbro, WV, 138,038 hours.

Surface Coal Group
Cordero Mine, Codero Mining Co., Gillette, WY, 716,243 hours.

Underground Metal Group
Fletcher Mine & Mill, The Doe Run Company, Viburnum, MO, 178,844 hours.

Underground Nonmetal Group
Mississippi Potash, Inc., Mississippi Potash, Inc., Carlsbad, NM, 228,811 hours.

Open Pit Group
Tyrone Mine, Phelps Dodge Mining Company, Tyrone, NM, 937,318 hours.

Quarry Group
FEC Quarry, Rinker Materials Corporation, Miami, FL, 194,973 hours.

Bank or Pit Group
Puddledock Sand & Gravel, Tarmac America, Inc., Petersburg, VA, 98,399 hours.

Dredge Group
Bridgeburg Dredge & Mill, Glacial Sand & Gravel Co., Kittanning, PA 78,382 hours.

Other mining operations with exceptional safety records during 1998 included the following:

Underground Coal Group
Soldier Canyon, Canyon Fuels Company, LLC, Wellington, UT, 117,875 hours. #1 Mine, G & A Coal Co., Inc., Wythville, VA, 96,557 hours. Skyline Mine No. 1, Canyon Fuels Company, LLC, Helper, UT, 84,191 hours. Stony River Mine, Anker West Virginia Mining Co., Mt. Storm, WV, 82,713 hours.

Surface Coal Group
Jewett Mine, Northwestern Resources Company, Jewett, TX, 710,921 hours. Eagle Butte Mine, Amax Coal West, Inc., Gillette, WY, 269,495 hours. The Dolet Hills Lignite Mine, The Dolet Hills Mining Venture, Mansfield, LA, 260,297 hours. Mine No. 1, PBS Coals, Inc., Friedens, PA, 244,966 hours.

Underground Metal Group
Rosebud Mine, Rosebud Mining Company, Winnemucca, NV, 144,364 hours. Viburnum No. 28 Mine/Mill, The Doe Run Company, Viburnum, MO, 130,416 hours, Viburnum No. 29 Mine, The Doe Run Company, Viburnum, MO, 70,656.

Underground Nonmetal Group
Sperry Mine, United States Gypsum Company, Sperry, IA, 113,070 hours. Ames Mine, Martin Marietta Aggregates, Ames, IA, 108,799 hours. Oakfield Mine, United States Gypsum Company, Oakfield, NY, 92,146 hours. Kimballton Plant No. 1, APG Lime Corporation, Ripplemead, VA, 89,911 hours.

Open Pit Group
Bagdad Mine, Cyprus Bagdad Copper Corporation, Bagdad, AZ, 671,927 hours. Boron Operations, U.S. Borax, Inc., Boron, CA, 331,891 hours. Swift Creek Mine, PCS Phosphate, White Springs, Fl, 298,455 hours. DuPont Florida Mine & Plant, E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Co., Starke, FL, 281,096 hours.

Quarry Group
ECCI Sylacauga, ECCI Calcium Products, Inc., Sylacauga, AL, 178,604 hours. Reed Quarry, Vulcan Materials Company, Grand River, KY, 125,576 hours. Bridgeport Stone Plant, Texas Industries, Bridgeport, TX, 118,417 hours. Downrite Engineering Corp., Downrite Engineering Corp., Miami, FL, 109,320 hours.

Bank or Pit Group
Eagle Mills Plant, Hanson Aggregates West, Inc., Bearden, AR, 97,602 hours. Eliot Plant #104, RMC Lonestar, Pleasanton, CA, 96,380 hours. Thelen Sand & Gravel, Thelen Sand & Gravel, Inc., Antioch, IL, 91,071 hours. Pit No. 10, Harper Sand & Gravel, Inc., Kearns, UT, 78,427 hours.

Dredge Group
Sadberry Mine, Roberts Sand Co., Inc., Quincy, FL, 72,621 hours. Arkhola Dredge & Plant, Arkhola Sand & Gravel Co., Van Buren, AR, 68,896 hours. A Tower Plant, Rinker Materials Corp., Miami,FL, 62,011 hours. Sand Supply #1, Campbell Concrete & Materials, Richmond, TX, 60,964.