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ArcelorMittal Princeton recognised as a safety leader

ArcelorMittal Princeton has been recognised for its “exceptional” safety performance and programmes.

Extra Energy's Virginia Point Surface Mine – a part of ArcelorMittal Princeton – has been awarded the first annual Interstate Mining Compact Commission’s (IMCC) "Mine safety and health training award" in the coal surface mining category.

Jennifer Austin, CEO of ArcelorMittal Princeton, said: "We are proud that our mine has achieved more than six years without a lost time injury  (LTI), logging more than 1.3 million man-hours during this time. "

This important win is a testament to the strength of our safety performance and it highlights the success of programmes such as ‘Courageous leadership’, ‘Keep the promise’, ‘Keep the commitment’ and our OSHAS 18001 certification – programmes that culminated in our SMART initiative (Safe Miners Acting Responsibly Together)”.

IMCC is a national organisation representing 27 mining states – each of which submitted a mining company’s safety programme and safety record to a judging panel at IMCC. Our mine was nominated by state regulatory agency, VADMME – the Virginia department of mines, mineral, and energy.

Beth Botsis, deputy executive director, IMCC, said: "This award reflects your company’s dedication to protecting the safety and health of your employees through developing and providing relevant and innovative safety training that has been proven effective by your exceptional safety record”.

Established to recognise excellence in mine safety and health training programmes and materials, the IMCC awards will be presented at a banquet held in conjunction with the IMCC annual meeting, 17-20 April, in New York.

ArcelorMittal Princeton is a coal mine in West Virginia that specialises in surface and underground mining of coal to produce coke and pulverized coal injection (PCI) coal. All production is consumed at ArcelorMittal facilities.

Two of our ArcelorMittal Princeton operations – Easter Ridge Surface Mine and XMV Mine #35 – were recently recognised with the 2015 Joseph A. Holmes safety award. Based on incident rates per man-hours, the awards recognised our mines as best-in-state for safety.

The SMART initiative

SMART is an interactive, comprehensive training programme – underpinning all safety programmes at the mine – that has contributed to the mine’s exceptional safety record. Featuring videos, safety talks, PowerPoint instruction, printed materials, classes, and more, the safety programme actively involves all employees at the mine. 

The SMART procedure consists of first identifying the problems or hazards that may have contributed to an incident, or could contribute to an incident in the future. The next step is to convene a team of safety specialists, mine management, and employees to conduct a risk assessment or perform a root cause analysis. The team will then score the risk, using a matrix developed by the company, and determine whether sufficient controls are in place. If such controls do exist, the process reverts to the “Plan, do, check, act” process: plan your work; check the results, and act if necessary.

If sufficient controls do not exist, then a SMART procedure will be enacted. The subject matter experts (safety specialists, employees, management) will conduct a site visit, determine what deficiencies are present, and then develop procedures (training, inspection requirements, controls, and health and safety considerations) for distribution to operations for review and comment. 

Once feedback from operations has been addressed, the procedures will be published and the “Plan, do, check, act” process enacted.


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