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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) accepted the award on behalf of Preston Contractors.

Preston Contractors wants to thank all of its employees for their commitment to safety, with 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 and facilities must be fatality-free for the award period, the company must initiate a safety program, cooperative 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 the West Virginia Office of Miners’ Health Safety and Training and the West Virginia Coal Association to promote safety in West Virginia’s coalfields. This award recognizes outstanding companies who have exceeded safety standards within the coal industry by demonstrating a commitment to safety standards.

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