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Alabama Mining Association Announces Safety and Sustainability Award Winners

The Alabama Mining Association announced the winners of the inaugural AMA Safety & Sustainability Awards.

The winners were announced on November 16 at the association’s first annual Safety and Sustainability Awards dinner at the Birmingham Club.

The winners were announced by members of the same panel of senior independent judges who assessed the nominations:

  • Samuel Pierce,
    Mine Safety and Health Administration (retired)
    District Manager East
  • Fitzgerald washington
    Labor secretary
    Alabama Department of Labor
  • Kathy H. Love
    Alabama Surface Mining Commission
  • Lance LeFleur
    Alabama Department of Environmental Management
  • Chris Blankenship
    Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
  • Tim Gothard
    Alabama Wildlife Federation
    Executive Director

The unique and breathtaking prizes were hand carved from marble quarried from Alabama by renowned sculptor Craigger Browne from Yellowhammer State.

The aim of the AMA with the awards is to highlight examples of successful safety and sustainability initiatives in the mining industry and to publicly recognize the companies and individuals who have made them possible.

The winners were:

Safety Champion Award

  • James Christian, 43 years old without a lost time accident
  • James Lay, 43 without a lost time accident
  • Billy Millwood, 42 years old without lost time
  • Randy Sellers, 29 years old without lost time
  • Richard Dodd, 28 years old without lost time
  • Billy Dorrough, 28 without a lost time accident
  • Randall Jenkins, 25 years old without lost time

Exceptional recovery award

  • Drummond Company, Developing Wetlands and Endangered Turtle Habitat on Pre-Act Mined Land

Outstanding Safety and Training Initiative Award

  • Bevill State Community College, Long Size Mining Training Center

Land Stewardship Award

  • The warrior met coal
    Mine 4 Wetland Conversion Project

Lifetime Commitment to Stewardship Award

  • Dwight Hicks, (Retired) Director of Reclamation & Environmental Compliance at Drummond Company

Lifetime dedication award for safety and training

  • Jeffery Minor, Safety and Compliance Engineer at Nelson Brothers

Award of Excellence in Mitigation

  • Southland Resources, Mud Creek Mitigation Bank for Swann’s Crossing Mine

Outstanding Safety and Training Leadership Award

Water Quality Stewardship Award

  • McWane, excellent compliance with Alabama water quality standards

Wildlife Conservation Award

  • Drummond Company
    Walker County Wild Quail Restoration Project

President’s Award for Community Safety

  • Argos Roberta cement plant
    Argos Emergency Response Training Partnership with Calera Fire Department

President’s Commitment Award to the Community

  • Vulcan Materials Company
    Annual Quarry Crushing Race at the Dolcito Quarry in Tarrant

“These awards rightly recognize the excellence of Alabama mining professionals, who work tirelessly to ensure the well-being of their colleagues and the communities in which they operate,” said Patrick Cagle, president of AMA. “Alabama’s modern mining industry puts the health and safety of our people and local communities first, and this new series of awards shines a spotlight on people and businesses who go above and beyond to reflect the core values ​​of 21st century sustainable mining.

On behalf of WADA, I would like to congratulate this year’s award winners. We are already looking forward to honoring a new class of projects and people in 2022. ”

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