At a recent gala, the State of Colorado and the Colorado Mining Association (CMA) recently honored four companies and three individuals for their excellent safety practices last year.
The awards were given out at the 118th National Western Mining Conference & Exhibition in Denver.
Stuart Sanderson, president of the CMA, handed out the awards.
Mountain Coal Company LLC and its West Elk Mine, located in Gunnison County, earned the safety honor for the fourth consecutive year. This mine posted the lowest total for underground mine incidents in the state. The company reported just 0.77 incidents for every 200,000 man hours spent at the mine. This figure is based on a total of 781,726 man hours.
In addition, Western Fuels Colorado LLC earned four different safety innovation awards. The company's two surface mines also earned outstanding safety-performance awards.
The smallest coal mine safety honors were granted to Western Fuels-Colorado LLC's New Horizon Mine in Montrose County. The mine has not recorded any lost time due to an accident since September 2010.