February 24, 2017
The West Virginia Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training, along with the West Virginia Coal Association awarded Preston Contractors with the 2016 Mountaineer Guardian Award (Region 1). The award was presented at the 44th Annual Coal Mining Symposium in Charleston, WV. Bob Forman VP, General Manager of Operations, Curtis Nuzum Superintendent at Tunnel Ridge Mine and Perry Barlow Safety Director for Preston Contractors accepted the award on behalf of Preston Contractors.
Preston Contractors wants the thank all of its employees for their commitment to safety. A special thanks to the Preston employees at Tunnel Ridge and Mettiki. Preston Contractors worked approximately 164,469 man hours just at WV mining operations in 2016.
To be nominated for this award, mines/facilities must be fatal free for the award period, a safety program must be initiated by the company, co-operative efforts between the company and inspectors must be upheld, and the company must have a history clean of any violations
The Mountaineer Guardian Safety Awards Program was established in 1983 by West Virginia Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training and the West Virginia Coal Association in efforts to promote safety in West Virginia’s coal fields. This award recognizes outstanding companies who have exceeded safety standards within the coal industry by demonstrating a commitment to safety standards.