September 12, 2023 - The last time an accident resulted in lost work time at Alaska’s only active coal mine was more than a thousand days ago. Usibelli Coal Mine (UCM) announced the milestone of nearly three years of consistently safe operations.
“We are proud to celebrate 1,000 days without a lost time accident,” says UCM President Joe Usibelli Jr. “This achievement reflects our commitment to safety as a core value and the foundation of our company culture. Every team member is accountable for their safety and the safety of their fellow coal miners.”
UCM is one of eleven mines nationwide to have received CORESafety certification from the National Mining Association in 2020. By implementing CORESafety and the mine’s internal “Everyday Safety – At Work. At Home. At Play.” campaign, employees are empowered to be safety leaders, fostering a collaborative approach to identifying and mitigating potential hazards.
Usibelli states, “I also want to thank the families of our employees who support and encourage a commitment to Everyday Safety and for supporting their loved ones to maintain a safety-first mindset.”
Extending the clean streak into December would set an all-time record for UCM.
“Beyond our commitment to safety, we also recognize our responsibility to the environment and the communities we serve,” Usibelli adds. “We strive to leave a positive legacy for future generations.”