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Mine Safety Award Honorees Announced

Monday, May 6, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Darrell Smith
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WASHINGTON, DC - The Industrial Minerals Association – North America (IMA-NA) today announced the companies and mining operations that will receive its safety recognition awards.  IMA-NA Chairman David Brown and IMA-NA President Mark Ellis presented the awards at the IMA-NA’s Spring Meeting here.  The safety recognition awards program is run in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA).  An impressive list of 14 companies and 33 individual mining operations were honored.  The two classes of awards recognize different levels of safety performance.*

The IMA-NA Safety Achievement Award recognizes the best reportable injury rate for an individual IMA-NA member company by size category for the preceding calendar year, in this case 2012.  The award criteria evaluate a company’s safety performance at all of its U.S. facilities and non-U.S. mining sites in North America.  This year’s winners include:

• FMC Corporation
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Large Category (700,000 or more employee hours)
(1,837,473 hours)

• KaMin LLC
Macon, Georgia
Medium Category (Fewer than 700,000 but more than 100,000 employee hours)
(648,779 hours)

• IMI Fabi, LLC
Benwood, West Virginia
Small Category (Fewer than 100,000 employee hours)
(79,278 hours)

"The safety performance of these IMA members is truly inspiring,” enthused IMA-NA’s Mark Ellis.  "Large Category Honoree FMC Corporation worked 1,837,473 employee hours with 12 injuries for an injury rate of 1.31 per 200,000 employee work-hours.  Medium Category Honoree KaMin LLC had zero injuries while working 648,779 employee hours, for an injury rate of 0.00 per 200,000 employee work-hours.  Small Category Honoree IMI Fabi, LLC likewise had a zero reportable injury rate, while working 79,278 employee work-hours.  To put that in perspective, the preliminary injury rate for all metal and nonmetal mines in 2012 was 2.19.” 

One additional Medium Category company and ten additional Small Category companies tied the winning zero reportable injury rate, but had fewer employee hours.  Of these companies, Ellis said, "These honorees operated all of their mines throughout 2012 with zero injuries.  That truly is benchmark mine safety performance.”  Each company received a Safety Achievement Certificate in recognition of their outstanding safety performance.  The companies include:

• Superior Silica Sands LLC
Fort Worth, Texas
Medium Category (Fewer than 700,000 but more than 100,000 employee hours)
(123,922 hours)

• Old Hickory Clay Company
Mayfield, Kentucky
Small Category (Fewer than 100,000 employee hours)
(77,927 hours)

• Manley Brothers, Inc.
Troy Grove, Illinois
Small Category (Fewer than 100,000 employee hours)
(65,898 hours)

• Southern Filter Media
Greenwell Springs, Louisiana
Small Category (Fewer than 100,000 employee hours)
(60,485 hours)

• Bryan Rock Products, Inc.
Shakopee, Minnesota
Small Category (Fewer than 100,000 employee hours)
(27,955 hours)

• CED Enterprises
Akron, Ohio
Small Category (Fewer than 100,000 employee hours)
(24,738 hours)

• CARBO Ceramics Inc.
Marshfield, Wisconsin
Small Category (Fewer than 100,000 employee hours)
(23,013 hours)

• Southern Ohio Sand
Willoughby, Ohio
Small Category (Fewer than 100,000 employee hours)
(22,092 hours)

• George W. Bryant Core Sands, Inc.
McConnellsville, New York
Small Category (Fewer than 100,000 employee hours)
(11,252 hours)

• Jordan Sands, LLC
North Mankato, Minnesota
Small Category (Fewer than 100,000 employee hours)
(6,600 hours)

• RLF Baldwin Operations LLC
Magnolia Springs, Alabama
Small Category (Fewer than 100,000 employee hours)
(4,959 hours)

Also recognized are 33 individual IMA-NA-member U.S. mining operations for working 200,000 continuous employee hours during 2012 without a single reportable employee injury.  This year’s honorees include:

First-Time Honorees

• FMC Corporation
Westvaco
Sweetwater County, Wyoming
(424,161 hours)

• Imerys Marble
New York Mine
Pickens County, Georgia
(293,477 hours)

• Imerys Talc
Sappington Mill
Gallatin County, Montana
(272,819 hours)

• Unimin Corporation
Unimin Gore Plant
Frederick County, Virginia
(271,456 hours)

• Unimin Corporation
Unimin Corp - Hephzibah
Richmond County, Georgia
(267,444 hours)

• Lhoist North America
Nolanville Mine & Mill
Bell County, Texas
(259,719 hours)

• M-I SWACO
Brownsville Barite Plant
Cameron County, Texas
(241,094 hours)

• U.S. Silica Company
Mill Creek Plant #39
Johnston County, Oklahoma
(238,566 hours)

• Carmeuse Lime & Stone Inc.
James River Operation - Plant #2
Botecourt County, Virginia
(236,465 hours)

• Imerys Talc
Yellowstone Mine
Madison County, Montana
(235,651 hours)

• EP Minerals, LLC
Colado Mine
Pershing County, Nevada
(233,723 hours)

• Premier Silica LLC
Voca Pit & Plant
McCulloch County, Texas
(218,711 hours)

• Carmeuse Lime & Stone Inc.
Portage Operation
Porter County, Indiana
(211,051 hours)

• Amcol International Corp
Yellowtail Mine
Big Horn County, Wyoming
(208,664 hours)

• Graymont Western US Inc.
Tacoma Plant
Pierce County, Washington
(207,077 hours)

• Lhoist North America
Crab Orchard Mine and Mill
Cumberland County, Tennessee
(202,311 hours)

Repeat Honorees

• Halliburton BPM (2009, 2010 & 2011)
Lovell Mill
Bighorn County, Wyoming
(735,376 hours)

• Imerys Talc (2007, 2010 & 2011)
Three Forks Mill
Gallatin County, Montana
(679,038 hours)

• Old Hickory Clay Company  (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 & 2011)
Hickory Clay Mill
Graves County, Kentucky
(558,613 hours)

• Southern Filter Media (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 & 2011)
Baywood Plant
East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana
(537,819 hours)

• KaMin LLC (2010 & 2011)
Sandersville Plant
Washington County, Georgia
(513,299 hours)

• U.S. Silica (2003, 2004 & 2011)
Kosse Plant
Limestone County, Texas
(497,405 hours)

• KaMin LLC (2010)
Macon Plant
Twiggs County, Georgia
(459,731 hours)

• KaMin LLC (2010 & 2011)
Wrens Plant
Jefferson County, Georgia
(459,010 hours)

• Imerys Clays (2009, 2010 & 2011)
Deepstep Land and Mines
Washington County, Georgia
(378,647 hours)

• U.S. Silica Company (2010 & 2011)
Rockwood Plant
Wayne County, Michigan
(304,705 hours)

•Unimin Corporation (2003)
Unimin Schoolhouse Quartz Plant
Avery County, North Carolina
(280,700 hours)

• Imerys – CE Minerals (2009, 2010 & 2011)
Macon County Mines
Macon County, Georgia
(277,799 hours)

• Unimin Corporation (2004, 2010)
Unimin Red Hill IOTA
Mitchell County, North Carolina
(273,500 hours)

• U.S. Silica (2006 & 2011)
Dubberly Plant
Webster County, Louisiana
(252,691 hours)

• U.S. Silica (2003 & 2011)
Jackson Plant
Madison County, Tennessee
(250,076 hours)

• Lhoist North America (2011)
Alabaster Mill
Shelby County, Alabama
(239,291 hours)

• Imerys Filtration Minerals Inc. (2011)
Fernley Plant
Lyon County, Nevada
(238,790 hours)

"MSHA and IMA-NA strive to help the industry achieve its ultimate goal – sending safe and healthy miners home to their families, every shift, every day,” said David Brown, IMA-NA’s Chairman and President and Chief Executive Officer of Wyo-Ben, Inc. (Billings, Montana).  "We’re pleased to recognize IMA-NA member companies that have compiled excellent safety records and who serve as examples for other companies.” 

MSHA is the federal agency responsible for promoting and protecting the safety and health of the nation’s miners.  MSHA carries out its mandate at all mining and mineral processing operations in the United States, regardless of size, number of employees, commodity mined, or method of extraction.  To learn more, visit http://www.msha.gov.

IMA-NA was formed in April 2002 and represents mineral producer members and associate members providing goods and services to the industrial minerals industry.  Membership is comprised of companies that are leaders in the ball clay, barite, bentonite, borates, calcium carbonate, diatomite, feldspar, industrial sand, kaolin, magnesia, soda ash (trona), talc, wollastonite and other industrial minerals industries.  IMA-NA is the principal trade association representing the industrial minerals industry in North America.  To learn more, visit http://www.ima-na.org.


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