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Page 56 of 61 ROCK products • September 2018 • 55 FOCUS ON HEALTH & SAFETY Virginia's mineral-mining industry recognized mining oper- ations for an exemplary safety record and for outstanding reclamation of mined land during 2017. The Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) and the Virginia Transportation and Construction Alliance (VTCA) award mines and miners annually for outstanding work in these areas. "Safety is our first priority at DMME and for the companies operating in the Commonwealth," said DMME's Director of Mineral Mining Phil Skorupa. "Our efforts combined with the VTCA, and the safety culture instilled at each of these mines works. Mine operators and employees deserve rec- ognition for working safely and returning home safely every day without injury." In 2017, Virginia's mines employed 3,841 production employees and 5,427 contract employees. Production employees worked 6,851,699 hours and contract employees worked 741,809 hours producing 68,939,408 tons. During 2017, 307 mineral mines in Virginia worked without having a lost-time accident. The Mine Safety Program is recognizing the top eight mines for their safety records in 2018 having worked with zero acci- dents and the highest number of production hours in their category for the year without a lost-time accident. The eight mines worked for a total of 777,917 hours. Top winners in each Quarry category included: •  Chantilly Crushed Stone Inc., Chantilly Quarry, Loudoun County, 123,450 hours. •  Vulcan Construction Materials LLC, Graham Quarry, Fairfax County, 73,302 hours. •  Pounding Mill Quarry Group, Bluefield Quarry, Tazwell County, 47,718 hours. •  BWI Abingdon LLC, Abingdon Quarry, Washington County, 22,722 hours. Top winners in the Open Pit category included: • Nestle Purina Petcare, Nestler Purina Mine, King William County, 471,207 hours. •  Luck Stone Corp., Caroline Sandand Gravel, Caroline County, 25,618 hours. •  King William Sandand Gravel Inc., King William Mine, King William County, 9,426 hours. • Old River Land Company LLC, New Kent # 1 Mine, 4,474 hours. Missouri Quarries Launch Target Zero Safety Program Missouri Limestone Producers Association (MLPA) members Capital Quarries and Capital Materials, divisions of Farmer Holding Co. (FHC), recently launched a new safety program, Target Zero, at their sites across Missouri. The program focuses on preventing complacency and reminds employ- ees they have choices to make when ensuring their own and other employees safety. "We encourage our employees to not allow themselves to settle when it comes to safety. They have the choice to choose safety over easy, every day they are on the job," stated Pat Mingucci, corporate safety manager for FHC. "Last year our program was named 'Crossroads 2017,' and it resulted in a 26 percent reduction in recordable accidents with almost 2.5 million man hours throughout all FHC locations being reported to MSHA/OSHA companies. This year we are striv- ing to reduce accidents at our companies even further." The premise behind Target Zero is that each employee is issued a challenge coin and a t-shirt promoting safety at the beginning of the year. If any employee has an accident, they must give up their coin. Employees who have their coin at the end of the year may redeem it for a prize with the Target Zero logo, which was designed by Mingucci. The program is a six-month challenge and "resets" mid-year, which allows company leaders and employees the opportunity to assess their performance. To help emphasize the program, a company-wide safety meeting was held across the states of Texas, Oklahoma, Mis- souri, Arkansas, Ohio, Kentucky, Louisiana and Tennessee. Operations were shut down across all sites at the same time and 1,700 employees heard the same message. Company presidents, vice presidents and project managers went out into the field and met with employees to discuss how choices on the job can affect safety. "We remind employees that they should ask themselves a series of questions before each shift: 'Is there a safer way?' 'Have I been properly trained for the task at hand?'" said Min- gucci. "The goal of this program is to make our employees better at recognizing risks in the workplace and be safer at their jobs across our 32 divisions." Virginia Recognizes Quarries for Safety and Reclamation

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