Contura Energy, Inc. today announced that one of its affiliate operations, Contura Coal West’s Belle Ayr Mine, has received the 2016 Surface Mine Safety Award given jointly by the State of Wyoming Department of Workforce Services and the Wyoming Mining Association.
The award was presented earlier today in Sheridan, Wyo. at the Wyoming Mining Association’s convention and safety award luncheon. Located just outside of Gillette, Wyo., Belle Ayr Mine was awarded first place in the small mine category.
Candidates for the annual Safety Award are evaluated based on information submitted to the State Mine Inspector, including hours worked and lost-time incidents. The workforce at Belle Ayr completed over 472,000 work hours in 2016 without a single lost-time accident.
“All of us at Contura Coal West are proud of the Belle Ayr Mine employees for their outstanding safety performance this past year,” said Shane Durgin, President of Contura Coal West. “2016 was an extremely difficult time for the coal industry and my hat is off to each and every employee at the Belle Ayr Mine for their dedication and focus.”