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DOL News Release No. 01-413
Mine Safety and Health Administration
Contact: Stuart Roy
Phone: (202) 693-4650

Released Tuesday, November 6, 2001

Media Advisory

Sentinels of Safety Awards Considered The Most Prestigious In Industry

Washington -- U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao presented the 75th annual Sentinels of Safety awards during a luncheon held today in Washington, D.C.

"These Sentinels of Safety awards recognize outstanding commitment to the safety and well-being of workers," said Chao. "We are continuing to look for new ways to encourage and recognize employers who go the extra mile to protect their employees."

Considered the most prestigious award in the mining industry, the Sentinels of Safety award is given to mining operations that achieve the greatest number of employee work-hours each year without an injury that results in lost workdays.

The Sentinels of Safety competition was created in 1925 at a time when thousands of miners were injured or killed in job-related accidents each year. The award has continued uninterrupted to this day.

Safety winners this year include: Deep Mine #21, Paramount Coal Corporation, Dante, Va.; Antelope Coal Mine, Antelope Coal Company, Gillette, Wyo.; SSX Mine, Anglo Gold (Jerritt Canyon) Corp., Elko, Nev.; Cote Blanche Mine, IMC Salt, Inc., Franklin, La.; Rochester Mine, Coeur Rochester, Inc., Lovelock, Nev.; Thornton Quarry, Material Service Corporation, Thornton, Ill.; Arena Plant, Hanson Aggregates South Central, Altair, Texas; Briggs Plant, Fordyce Company, Victoria, Texas. For more information, visit please visit