The dedicated team at New Harvey Sand in Tracy, Iowa, has been awarded one of the industry’s oldest and most prestigious awards.
Co-sponsored by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) and the National Mining Association (NMA), the Sentinels of Safety award is the oldest established honor for occupational safety.
This is the first Sentinels award for New Harvey, part of the Midwest Division’s Des Moines District. The plant, located 50 miles southeast of Des Moines, finished first in the award program’s “Small Dredge” category.
“We are pleased to be recognized for our safety achievements,” said New Harvey Plant Manager Tim Chambers. “These people work hard every day to get the job done and to keep themselves – and each other – safe. Our collective goal is to get them all home to their families each night.”
In addition to Chambers, the New Harvey team consists of Eric Hansen, Jeff Holmes, Bob Evans, Coby Metz, Chris Tool, Bryan Goff, T.J. Owens and Mark Haskel. Chambers, Holmes and Area Production Manager Mark Nicoson represented the plant at the Sentinels of Safety award ceremony in September at the NMA’s MINExpo INTERNATIONAL® event in Las Vegas. A celebratory dinner was subsequently held for plant employees and their families.
Also recognized as Sentinels of Safety “certificate of achievement” winners (among the top five finishers in their categories) were the following Martin Marietta operations:
- Hunter Cement (New Braunfels, Texas) in the “Large Metal/Nonmetal Mill” category;
- Bells/Savoy Sand and Gravel (Savoy, Texas) in the “Large Dredge” category;
- Kentucky Avenue Mine (Indianapolis) in the “Large Underground Nonmetal” category;
- Garner Quarry (Garner, North Carolina) in the “Small Metal/Nonmetal Mill” category; and
- Parkville Mine (Parkville, Missouri) in the “Small Underground Nonmetal” category.
First presented by then-Secretary of Commerce Herbert Hoover in 1925, the Sentinels of Safety awards recognize mining companies for achieving the greatest number of employee work hours without a fatal injury or an injury that results in lost workdays. To even be considered for the award, a mine must have completed at least 4,000 employee work-hours without a lost-time injury or fatality.