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Division of Mineral Mining

Mine Safety Awards

Sam Dunnaway Award Image

Sam Dunaway of Morefield Gem Mine in Amelia County receives his award for 48 years without a lost time injury, with Phil Skorupa (DMM’s Director) and Sam Hollins (VTCA).

DMM and the Virginia Transportation Construction Alliance (VTCA) are proud to sponsor the annual Virginia Mineral Mine Safety Awards program. Since its inception in 2007, this very successful program has recognized 56 companies and 157 mineral mine workers for outstanding safety achievements in Virginia’s mineral mining industry. The 157 workers who have been recognized represent a cumulative total of 3,910 years working in the mineral mining industry without a lost time injury!

Individuals reaching 15-, 20-, 25-, 30-, 35-, 40-, and 45-year without a lost time injury in 2014 will be recognized.
The company award program will follow the same procedures and recognize the same award categories as last year:

  • Mining  companies will not need to submit a nomination to be considered for operator award. DMM/VTCA will determine the winner based on data for all mines within a category.
  • The quarry category will include the following 4 award ranges: 0 to 25,000 employee hours; 25,000 to 50,000 employee hours; 50,000 to 75,000 employee hours; and, 75,000 and above employee hours;
  • The open pit category will include the following 4 award ranges: 0 to 5,000 employee hours; 5,000 to 10,000 employee hours; 10,000 to 30,000 employee hours; and, 30,000 and above employee hours.

The Virginia Mineral Mine Safety Award will provide an incentive to your employees to work with care, and will also instill pride in those responsible for a winning effort. We hope that you will participate in this safety program.

Please join us in congratulating these award winners for their hard work and for their contribution to the safety of our industry!

Dean Simmons Award Image

Dean Simmons of Vulcan receives his award for 40 years without a lost time injury, with Phil Skorupa (DMM’s Director) and Sam Hollins (VTCA).

Current Year Award Winners

Mine Safety Award Winners 2015

Past Year Award Winners

Mine Safety Award Winners 2014
Mine Safety Award Winners 2013
Mine Safety Award Winners 2012
Mine Safety Award Winners 2011
Mine Safety Award Winners 2010