Not only does the McElroy Prep Plant in Glen Easton have the capability to clean 4,500 raw tons of coal per hour, but according to Consol Energy, in 2011 the plant worked a total of 161,309 exposure hours with zero accidents. For that purpose, it was named the recipient of the 2012 Sentinels of Safety Award for Large Processing Facility by the National Mine Association.
The Sentinels of Safety awards program deals with multiple categories in the mining industry where safety is maintained without lost-time incidents. This particular branch, the one dealing with metal and nonmetal mines, began in 1925 through the efforts of then-Commerce Secretary Herbert Hoover, who had worked as a mine engineer as well.
The McElroy Prep Plant is the largest in the country in terms of man hours and tons processed, which are then shipped downriver on barges to local utility customers.
"This honor exemplifies our commitment to our core value of safety and our goal of achieving Absolute Zero, which sets our zero accidents as the only acceptable result," said David Kelly, vice president of Consol's Ohio Valley Operations. "As one of the largest coal processing facilities in the country, we are quite proud of this achievement."
"We are now reaping the benefits of Consol Energy's Road to Zero Program instituted five years ago - and the employees have bought in," said Plant Operator and Safety Mentor George Finnegan. "This achievement and recognition of their dedication to safety should encourage them to continue their exemplary record."
The award was presented to Consol Energy's McElroy employees on Sept. 25 in Las Vegas, Nev.