Mountaineer Guardian History

The West Virginia Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training and the West Virginia Coal Association (Mining and Reclamation Association) established the Mountaineer Guardian Safety Awards Program in 1983 as a joint effort to promote safety in the coal fields of West Virginia. This special program gives recognition to mining workplaces where employees have accumulated qualifying amounts of production without experiencing a fatal accident. Mining Operations are divided into categories, based on the number of employees.

In 1997, the Mountaineer Guardian Safety program was extensively revised. The most important change was to include the West Virginia Office of Miners’ Health Safety and Training inspection personnel in the selection process. Each inspector may nominate mines/facilities for consideration. Representatives of the sponsoring agencies review those regional nominations and selections for the awards are made from that list.


Selection Criteria:

  • Mine/facility must be fatal free for the award period.
  • Safety Program (initiatives by the company)
  • Co-operative efforts (company works with inspectors—abates violations—good faith)
  • Violation History

Beginning with the 2008 program, two mining operations are singled out for each year for special recognition, and receive the  Milestones of Safety Awards.

The 2019 Mountaineer Guardian Awards were presented on November 13, 2019 at the 47th  Annual West Virginia Mining Symposium which is sponsored by the West Virginia Coal Association held at the Charleston Civic Center.


2021 Mountaineer Guardian Award Wiiners

Underground Operations

  • ACI Tygart Valley – Leer Mine – Region 1
  • Mettiki Coal, LLC – Mettiki E Mine – Region 1
  • Harrison County Coal Resources – Harrison County Mine – Region 1
  • Consol Mining Company, LLC – Itman No. 5 Mine – Region 2
  • Raw Coal Mining Co., Inc. – Sewell Mine R – Region 2
  • Greenbrier Minerals, LLC – Muddy Bridge – Region 2
  • Spartan Mining Coompany, LLC – Road Fork #52 – Region 2
  • Aracoma Coal Company, Inc. – Cedar Grove #2 – Region 2

Surface Operations

  • LP Mineral, LLC – Ralph Six – Region 1
  • Appalachian Resource WV, LLC – Grapevine East Surface – Region 2
  • Cornerstone Labor Services, Inc. – Coal Mountain #1 Surface Mine – Region 2
  • Ramaco Resources, LLC – Ram Surface Mine #1 – Region 2
  • Greenbrier Minerals, LLC – Tony’s Fork Surface – Region 2
  • Coal-Mac, LLC – Twin Branch No. 1 Surface – Region 2
  • Onyx Energy, LLC – Jupiter Surface Mine – Region 2
  • Ed Coal, Inc. – Skinner Poplar – Region 4
  • Denali Energy Group, LLC – Workman Creek/Collins Fork – Region 2
  • South Fork Coal Co., LLC – Blue Knob Surface – Region 2
  • Pocahontas Coal Company, LLC – Tommy Creek Highwall – Region 4
  • Panther Creek Mining, LLC – Samples Mine – Region 4

Prep Plant / Loadouts

  • ACI Tygart Valley – Leer Prep Plant – Region 1
  • Wolf Run Mining, LLC – Leer South Prep Plant – Region 1
  • Carter Roag Coal Co., LLC – Star Bridge Plant – Region 1
  • Greenbrier Minerals, LLC – Saunders Prep Plant – Region 2
  • Greenbrier Minerals, LLC – Elklick Loadout – Region 2
  • Mingo Logan Coal, LLC – Cardinal Prep Plant – Region 2
  • Onyx Energy, LLC – Olan Processing Plant – Region 2
  • Performance Industries, Inc. – Coal Mt. Loadout – Region 2
  • Extra Energy, Inc. – Eckman Loadout – Region 2
  • Spartan Mining Company – Mammoth Plant – Region 4
  • Raven Crest Contracting, LLC – Boone North Prep Plant – Region 4

Quarries

  • US Silica Company – Berkeley Plant – Region 1
  • Martin Marietta Materials – Burning Springs – Region 1
  • Patterson Excavating Company – Patterson Quarry – Region 2
  • Appalachian Aggregates, LLC – Region 4

Independent Contractors

  • Powell Construction, Inc. – Region 1
  • Hawkeye Contracting Company, LLC – Region 2
  • Webster Trucking – Region 4

The Winner of the Prestigious Eustace E. Fredrick Milestone Safety Award for Underground Coal Mine

Rockwell Mining, LLC – Flying Eagle Mine – Region 4
Rockwell Mining, LLC – Coal Branch #1 – Region 4

The Winner of the Prestigious Bart B. Lay Jr. Milestone Safety Award for
Surface Coal Mine

Extra Energy, LLC – Blue Eagle Surface Mine – Region 2

Special Recognition

Elk Run Coal Company – Chess Coal Processing Plant – Region 2


Mountaineer Guardian Award Winners


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