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NMA joins federal agencies in honouring outstanding mine achievements

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The National Mining Association (NMA), the US National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), US Department of the Interior’s Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) and Bureau of Land Management (BLM), will gather this week to honour outstanding achievements in mine safety, environmental stewardship and technology. The awards ceremonies will take place on Thursday 27 September in Washington, D.C.


NMA’s Sentinels of Safety Award recognises coal and mineral mining operations in 10 categories for recording the most hours in a calendar year without a single lost-time injury. A minimum of 4000 hours is required for award consideration. The award categories reflect the safety accomplishments of both small and large mines.

20 American mining operations – six coal mines and 14 mineral/metal mines – will be honoured with the award recognising performance in 2017.

“Safety is the prism through which our industry views every issue. Whether a company is opening a new mine, has a longstanding operation, or is incorporating new technologies, today’s mining industry leaders are always exploring ways to keep miners safe today and improve for tomorrow,” said Hal Quinn, NMA president and CEO.

“Through these awards, we acknowledge outstanding accomplishments in safety and hope that these companies’ achievements can serve as a model for others in industry.”

Initiated in 1925 by then Commerce Secretary Herbert Hoover, a former mining engineer, the Sentinels of Safety Award programme remains the nation’s most prestigious recognition of mine safety and has helped foster a strong safety commitment on the part of US mines.

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