National coal mine rescue competition winners for 2015 announced

MSHA Media Advisory: [09/18/2015]

104th annual safety event challenged 65 teams from 12 US states

ARLINGTON, Va. – Testing their readiness for worst-case mine rescue scenarios, 65 teams from 12 states put their skills and knowledge to work in the 2015 National Coal Mine Rescue, First Aid, Bench and Preshift Competition in Lexington, Kentucky this week.

Sponsored by the National Mining Association and administered by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration, the four-day competition included team and individual competitions.

Alpha Natural Resources’ “Southern West Virginia Team” from Whitesville, West Virginia, won the Mine Rescue Competition while two of Arch Coal Inc.’s teams – Lone Mountain Processing Inc.’s “Lone Mountain Team” from Holmes Mill, Kentucky and Beckley Complex’s “Beckley Gold Team” from Eccles, West Virginia – rounded out the top three. 
The winners in the event’s other competitions were:

  • Preshift: Alliance Coal Co. – Warrior Coal LLC’s “Cardinal Team” (Madisonville, Kentucky).
  • Bench Biopak 240R: Kentucky Coal Academy’s “MCC Team” (Madisonville).
  • Bench BG4: Revelation Energy LLC’s team (Cumberland, Kentucky).
  • First Aid: Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. – Oak Grove Resources LLC’s “Oak Grove Blue Team” (Hueytown, Alabama).
  • Day 1 Mine Rescue: Drummond Company Inc.’s “Shoal Creek Red Team” (Jasper, Alabama).
  • Day 2 Mine Rescue: Alpha Natural Resources’ “Southern West Virginia Team” (Whitesville).
  • Combination (Mine Rescue/First Aid): Mine Rescue Services LLC’s “Southeast Kentucky Team” (Corbin, Kentucky).

The mining industry held its first mine rescue competitions in 1911. The inaugural event took place in Pittsburgh with President William H. Taft among the dignitaries in attendance.

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