Virginia Office of Miners Health, Safety & Training
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.
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 2013 Mountaineer Guardian Awards were presented on January 30, 2014 at the 41st Annual West Virginia Mining Symposium which is sponsored by the West Virginia Coal Association at the Charleston Civic Center.
To view the 204 Mountaineer Guardian Award Winners click on the link below:
2015 Mountaineer Guardian Award Winners
presented January 27, 2016
Previous Mountaineer Guardian Award Winners:
Eustace E. Frederick Milestones of Safety Award Winners - Began in 2008
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