Safety is one of the core guiding principals at Coronado Coal and is embedded into our culture and everything we do. Our operations have consistently achieved high rankings for compliance with safety standards, and we are continually striving for improvement.

With what we believe to be one of the best training programs in the industry, we seek to ingrain best practices for recognizing, avoiding and preventing safety and health hazards in our mines, preparation plants, loadouts and offices. The goal is for a safety mindset to be second nature to all employees, regardless of location.

Coronado regularly and meticulously monitors its people, mines and processes to ensure that necessary and desired measures are taken to protect our employees and the communities in which we operate. Our NFDL1 incident rate is well below the underground industry average and our emphasis on safety contributes to our overall productivity and efficiency.

Coronado Coal has been widely recognized by various agencies and organizations for our safety performance, policies and compliance efforts. Notable awards include:

  • Three Mountaineer Guardian Awards in recognition of significant accomplishments in the areas of mine safety, presented by the West Virginia Coal Association to the Toney Fork Surface Mine, the Lower War Eagle Mine and the Elk Lick Loadout
  • Certificate of Achievement for Outstanding Contributions to Mine Safety in West Virginia from the Joseph A. Holmes Safety Association West Virginia State Council
  • Two Certificates in Safety awarded to the Toney Fork Surface Mine for employee hours worked without a lost workday injury
  • Safety plaque awarded by the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) to recognize over a million worked hours without a lost time accident at the Buchanan Minerals No.1 Mine during 2015-2016, setting a record in Virginia
  • Two Certificates in Safety awarded to Elk Lick Tipple


(1) NFDL – Non-Fatal Day Loss