MSHA Officials Say The Safest Coal Processing Plant In The Nation Is In Kentucky

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

With all the bad news about coal mining lately, managers at one local coal company say they have some good news to share.

MSHA officials say the nation's safest coal processing plant is right here in eastern Kentucky.

WYMT’s Angela Sparkman visited the Premier Elkhorn Coal Plant to learn how they recorded the country's best safety record.

Knowing the job hazards, workers at Premier Elkhorn's Coal Burke Branch Tipple still enjoy coming to work each day.

Last year, the 79 workers recorded 151-thousand 970 hours without an accident.

MSHA noticed and said it was the best 2006 safety record at a coal prep plant in the entire country.

They received the Nation's top Sentinel Safety Award.

Coal officials say it isn't easy with all the welding, cutting, hammering, and climbing.

Trophies aside, workers say the only reward that matters is,

The traveling trophy also has a history.

It was created by an Italian sculptor in the 1920s and stays at each winning plant for a year before it's passed to the next winning coal plant.

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  • by KK Location: Bell Co on Oct 7, 2007 at 12:29 PM
    Would you have info on how to find other plants Safety Records?
  • by Anonymous Location: Kentucky on Oct 7, 2007 at 09:29 AM
    Congratulations!!! Kentucky is finally recoginzed for something other than "slang" talk and hillbillys!! Keep up the good work and keep those men safe!!!


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