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Coal industry recognized 54 firms for commitment to workplace safety

Catenary Coal Co. Samples Mine wins Barton B. Lay Milestones of Safety Award

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — With mine safety as its focus, West Virginia’s coal industry recognized 54 mining and service companies for their commitment to exemplary safety performance in 2014 during recent 42nd Annual West Virginia Mining Symposium in Charleston.

Topping the list of award winners was Catenary Coal Company’s Samples Mine of Kanawha County, which took home the Barton B. Lay Milestones of Safety Award.

“Our member companies strive each day to provide their employees with the safest possible workplace,” said Chris Hamilton, senior vice president of the West Virginia Coal Association. “They have set a standard with their focus on reducing workplace injuries and getting everyone home at the end of their shifts. We applaud their hard work and dedication to this, our most important responsibility.”

The Mountaineer Guardian Awards are presented each year to mining companies that have demonstrated a commitment to safety standards. Inspectors for the West Virginia Office of Mine Health Safety and Training nominate the companies based on numerous criteria.

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