The mining industry recently took notice of four Luminant mining employees who have been proving their commitment to safety for more than four decades.
William Cooper, Glen Hood, Ricky Lancaster and Cathy Wright each received the“40 Year Safe Miner” Award at the Southeast Mine Safety and Health Conference for working more than 40 years without a Mining Safety and Health Administration-recordable injury.
“I strongly believe in our company’s culture of Safety Zero,” says Cathy Wright, a 41-year Luminant employee and inventory and materials manager. “It’s a commitment we all take to heart. I’m especially proud to work for a company that offers the resources and tools for us to work safe.”
Wright and her team of 47 employees are responsible for maintaining and ensuring optimal warehouse inventory. This includes making sure the parts and materials are available to provide maximum equipment availability and timely project completion.
William Cooper started his career as an entry-level mechanic at Luminant’s Winfield North Mine in 1974. He later transferred to Martin Lake Mine in 1976 during the site’s startup of operation, and then progressed in the operations department from pumper to hauler, dozer, oiler, dragline operator, first line supervisor, mine superintendent and ultimately to mine manager of both Oak Hill and Tatum mines.
“I have always worked and strived to lead in a manner that results in everyone’s safe return to their loved ones at the end of each day,” says Cooper, whose current responsibilities include mentoring and developing Luminant’s next generation of mine leadership.
Glen Hood believes that safety starts with having the right attitude from the moment he wakes up every day and staying mindful that his behaviors have a significant impact on everyone’s safety. As safety manager at Luminant’s Kosse Mine since 2010, Hood coordinates with site safety specialists and management to implement the company’s safety programs and further develop a positive safety culture.
“Safety excellence is when each person takes accountability for their actions,” says Hood, who joined Luminant in 1974 as a fuel technician. “The bottom line is to do the ‘right’ thing. Think before you react and don’t become complacent.”
Ricky Lancaster has progressed in his career at Luminant’s Big Brown Mine from pumper to hauler operator, dozer operator, dragline oiler and dragline operator. In 2007, he accepted a position as a dragline supervisor and then the maintenance supervisor position in 2013.
“My safety success was a direct result of all the good people that I’ve had the privilege to work with for the past 40 years,” he says. “We have a culture where everyone looks out for each other and is committed to helping power Texas safely and reliably. It’s simply the way we do things.”