Sentinels of Safety Award

The National Mining Association (NMA) is pleased to sponsor the Sentinels of Safety Awards for U.S. mining operations.

Sentinels of Safety are awarded annually to the nation's safest mines with a minimum of 4,000 injury-free hours.

The awards were initiated in 1925 by then-Commerce Secretary Herbert Hoover and remain the nation's most prestigious awards recognizing mining safety. For a list of all winners since the award's inception, click here.

The awards for safety achievements in 2013 were made at a dinner ceremony on October 27, 2014.

The rules and categories for the awards can be found here.

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2013 Sentinels of Safety Award Winners and Recognized Operations

Large Bank or Pit

Winner: Schoolhouse Quartz Plant
Unimin Corp.

Small Bank or Pit

Winner: West Bloomfield Mine
Elam Sand & Gravel Corporation

Large Coal Processing Facility

Winner: Ceredo Dock
Kanawha River Terminals

Small Coal Processing Facility

Winner: Preparation Plant
Bell Country Coal Corporation

Large Dredge

Winner: Briggs Plant
Fordyce Holdings, Inc.

Small Dredge

Winner: LA Aggregate Materials, Inc.

Large Metal NonMetal Mill

Winner: Hayden Concentrator

Small Metal NonMetal Mill

Winner: Hickory Clay Mill
Old Hickory Clay Co. LLC

Large Open Pit

Winner: Smoky Canyon Mine
JR Simplot Company

Small Open Pit

Winner: Sun City Mine
New NGC, Inc.


Large Quarry

Winner: Genevieve Facility
Tower Rock Stone Co.

Small Quarry

Winner: Cedar Rapids Quarry
Martin Marietta Materials, Inc.

Large Surface Coal

Winner: Three Oaks
Luminant Mining Co., LLC

Small Surface Coal

Winner: Whitesell
Coal Loaders Inc.

Large Underground Coal

Winner: West Elk Mine
Arch Coal, Inc.

Small Underground Coal

Winner: Poundmill Mine #90
Blue Diamond Coal Co.

Large Underground Metal

Winner: Troy Mine
Troy Mine Inc.

Small Underground Metal

Winner: Pinson Mine
Atna Resources, Inc.

Large Underground NonMetal

Winner: Cayuga Mine
Cargill Inc.

Small Underground NonMetal

Winner: Crab Orchard Mine & Mill
Lhoist North America of Tennessee, Inc.