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Usibelli coal mine receives NMA’s safety certification

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The National Mining Association (NMA) has recently recognised Usibelli Coal Mine (UCM) for its CORESafety® certification. CORESafety is the NMA initiative with the objective of zero fatalities and a 50% reduction in mining’s injury rate within 5 years. Usibelli joins 10 other companies whose operations have been independently certified under NMA’s signature safety initiative.

“We celebrate Usibelli’s dedication to safety,” said Rich Nolan, NMA President and CEO. “Participation in the CORESafety programme has already helped companies across the industry increase safety awareness and vigilance, prioritising the miners who we depend on for our modern way of life. Our CORESafety member companies are leaders in mining safety and health management and Usibelli’s track record clearly shows leadership in this field.”

“CORESafety isn’t a programme that expires, it’s a system that has become part of our culture,” said UCM President and CEO, Joe Usibelli Jr. “Recently, we set an all-time high safety record of 1085 days without a lost time incident – and that is because CORESafety is a part of our fabric.”

CORESafety is a risk-based mine safety and health management system developed by NMA. CORESafety participants agree to: commit to the safety system; implement a functionally-equivalent version of the safety and health management system; submit to NMA annual self-assessments of progress toward implementation of the safety and health management system and, if the company elects to become or maintain CORESafety certification, complete a thorough third- party assessment of its safety and health management system to verify that it is functionally equivalent to CORESafety and submit the assessment report to NMA. SomaHive LLC of Parker, Colo., conducted the independent, third-party certification audit on 21-22 July 2020.

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