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Eight Mines Earn Prestigious Safety Awards

Eight US coal, metal and nonmetal mines that achieved a perfect safety record in 2002—a combined 1.9 million employee hours without any time lost to serious injury or a fatality—were honored with prestigious “Sentinels of Safety Awards” presented by Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health David Lauriski

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