Raising the bar for safety excellence even higher, Three Oaks Mine employees are digging into the record books as Luminant’s first mine to receive the National Mining Association’s most prestigious recognition – the Sentinels of Safety Award. The team earned the award for working about 620,000 hours without a lost-time injury.
“Our employees have achieved an unprecedented level of safety performance and I’m proud of their numerous milestones throughout the year,” said Michael Morriss, Three Oaks Mine director. “We have a family-like atmosphere where employees are constantly looking out for each other, which makes this a special place to work.”
Luminant leaders and Three Oaks Mine employees recently traveled to Washington, D.C., to accept the award that recognizes mines with the “best safety records in the country – which means they are also among the safest mines in the world,” according to the National Mining Association. The award is given to mines with the most employee-hours without a lost-time injury. The recognition also is the oldest established honor for occupational safety and was created in 1925 by then-Secretary of Commerce and future President Herbert Hoover.
“During the award presentation, the entire room of industry leaders and other award recipients were awestruck that we reached 620,000 hours without a lost-time injury,” said Mike Korenek, Three Oaks Mine maintenance specialist. “We all treat each other like family and that mentality has helped us achieve such an outstanding safety milestone.”
To commemorate the achievement, the mine hosted a Safety Fun Day, which included a mine tour and lunch for employees and their family members.
“We launched our employee engagement team a few months ago and thought a Safety Fun Day would be a great opportunity to invite employees’ families to our facility to learn more about our operations and safe work practices,” said Chad Mikulec, Three Oaks Mine safety manager. “Our team focuses on zero so that they can return home safe to their families at the end of the day and this event showcased our 24/7 commitment to safety.”
Three Oaks Mine’s 2014 safety achievements:
- June 12 – Received the International Society of Mining Safety Professionals Award for 1.5 million works hours with no lost-time injuries.
- June 30 – Received the Rocky Mountain Coal Mining Institute Award for best safety performance year for a large surface mine.
- Aug. 19 – Accomplished three years without a lost-time injury. (Ongoing achievement)
- Oct. 1 – Reached two years without a Mine Safety and Health Administration-recordable injury; a new Luminant record. (Ongoing achievement)
- Oct. 27 – Received the National Mining Association’s Sentinels of Safety Award for nearly 620,000 work hours without a lost-time injury; a new Luminant safety achievement.
- Oct. 28 – Received a Texas Mining and Reclamation Association Award for two years with no MSHA-recordable injuries.