Massey Energy Announces Bradbury Safety Award and Green Miner Environmental Award Winners

Mar 10, 2011, 17:17 ET from Massey Energy Company

JULIAN, W.Va., March 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Massey Energy Company (NYSE: MEE) today announced that its Edwight Mining Company subsidiary won the Company's prestigious Bradbury Safety Award and that Sidney Coal Company won the company's coveted Green Miner Environmental Award for 2010. The winning companies were presented with the awards at ceremonies on March 8 and 9, 2011 in Charleston.

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The Bradbury Safety Award annually recognizes the Massey operating subsidiary that best exemplifies the Company's commitment to safety excellence.  Edwight Mining Company won the award for 2010 – the second win for Edwight in three years.  Members at Edwight Mining Company worked over 312,000 hours and mined 1,216,829 tons of coal without incurring any reportable incidents involving injury or any accidents resulting in lost time at work.  This resulted in a perfect 0.00 Total Reportable Incidence Rate (TRIR) and 0.00 NFDL Rate for Edwight in 2010.  NFDL rates are the benchmark used by the coal industry to measure safety.

Safety Best of Class awards were also presented to:

Trucking Operations


Trace Transport – Black Castle Mining Company

Highwall Operations


Progress Highwall Miner – Progress Coal Company

Plant Operations


Knox Creek Coal Preparation Plant

Surface Operations


Empire Surface Mine – Republic Energy

Underground Operations


Allen Powellton Mine – Marfork Coal Company

The Green Miner Award annually recognizes the Massey subsidiary with the best environmental performance and most impressive commitment to environmental management.  Sidney Coal Company, a previous winner and perennial top contender for the award, won the award for 2010.  Sidney manages nearly 300 sediment control structures and has achieved a perfect compliance record on water quality over the last two years.

Environmental Best of Class awards were also presented to:

Underground Operations


Hunter Peerless - Elk Run Coal Company

Plant / Refuse Operations


Quinwood Prep Plant & Blue Branch Refuse Area –

Green Valley Coal Company

Most Improved


Black Castle Mining Company

"This year's winners demonstrate that Massey Energy is committed to safety and environmental excellence," said Baxter F. Philips, Jr., President and CEO of Massey Energy. "We are proud of our members at Edwight and Sidney and their dedication to going above and beyond in our pursuit of excellence.  I also commend the operations that earned Best of Class awards for their outstanding performance."

Massey Energy Company, headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, with operations in West Virginia, Kentucky and Virginia, is the largest coal company in Central Appalachia and is included in the Standard & Poor's 500 Index.

SOURCE Massey Energy Company