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Mine Safety

The Rocky Mountain Coal Mining Institute promotes safety by presenting an annual Mine Rescue Evaluation program at the annual conference each year.  This is an important part of the education mission of RMCMI.  During the 4-day evaluation, approximately 120 mine rescue participants engage in various simulated rescue scenarios, hands on exploration of anatomy, and confined space training to name a few.  Teams are evaluated based upon the skill of their team.  It is an excellent opportunity to learn rescue and safety from professional evaluators as well as other teams. The purpose of the Mine Rescue evaluation program is to provide an opportunity for mine rescue teams to learn new skills and improve their existing ones in a non-competitive environment.

David Evans, Westmoreland Coal Company, and Cheryl Evans, EMR Health and Safety, co-chair the event. It takes place every year at the end of June during our annual conference.

Please contact the RMCMI office at 303/948-3300 for additional information.

About the Mine Safety Awards

Underground and surface mines participate for this prestigious safety awards. Safety awards are presented yearly to both a surface and an underground mine with the lowest reportable rate of incidents.  The number of incidents are taken from MSHA reportable accidents. Additionally, we have included a contractor safety award, which will recognize contractors for their safety performance. This award requires nominations from mine operators, or we accept self-nominations by contractors.

The awards for the safest mines and contractors in out eight-state region are presented annually during our conference at the end of June. We will send out an email notification when we begin to accept applications or nominations for upcoming award presentation.

Mine Safety Award Winners

2015:  Large Underground Mine- Skyline Mine, Canyon Fuel Company
          Small Underground Mine- Dugout Canyon Mine, Canyon Fuel Company
          Large Surface Mine- Texas Westmoreland Coal Company, Jewett Mine
          Small Surface Mine- Coal Creek Mine
          Contractor Safety Award- Rimpull Corporation

2014:  Large Underground Mine- West Elk Mine, Mountain Coal Company
          Small Underground Mine- King II Coal Mine, GCC Energy, LLC
          Large Surface Mine (Tie)- Spring Creek Mine, Cloud Peak Energy
          Large Surface Mine (Tie)- Three Oaks Mine, Luminant
          Small Surface Mine- Calvert Mine, Walnut Creek Mining Company
          Contractor Safety Award- Nelson Brothers Mining Services, LLC

2013:  Large Underground Mine- Sufco Mine, Canyon Fuel Company
          Small Underground Mine- Dugout Canyon Mine, Canyon Fuel Company
          Large Surface Mine- Buckskin Mine, Kiewit Mining Group, Inc.
          Small Surface Mine- Coal Creek Mine, Thunder Basin Coal Company
          Contractor Safety Award- Benchmark Industrial Services

2012:  Large Underground Mine- Dugout Canyon Mine, Canyon Fuel Company
          Small Underground Mine- King II Coal Mine, GCC Energy, LLC
          Large Surface Mine- Rawhide Mine, Peabody Energy
          Small Surface Mine- Coal Creek Mine, Thunder Basin Coal Company
          Contractor Safety Award- Wagner Equipment Company

2011:  Large Underground Mine- Sufco Mine, Canyon Fuel Company
          Small Underground Mine- Lila Canyon Mine, American Energy, Inc.
          Small Surface Mine- Beulah Mine, Dakota Westmoreland
          Contractor Safety Award- REI Drilling, Inc.