May 21, 2019 – The Industrial Minerals Association of North America (IMA-NA) announced the companies and mining operations that received safety recognition awards. IMA-NA Chairman Doug Smith and IMA-NA President Mark Ellis presented the awards at the IMA-NA’s Spring Meeting in Washington, DC.

The safety recognition awards program is run in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). Ten companies and three individual mining operations were honored. 

The IMA-NA Safety Achievement Award recognizes the best reportable injury rate for an individual IMA-NA member company by size category for the preceding calendar year, in this case 2018. The award criteria evaluates a company’s safety performance at all of its mines.  announced, “Ciner wins top honors in mine safety.” Ciner was recognized as one of the safest mines in North America and this year’s winner in the Large Category with 877,823 hours.

Ciner Wyoming LLC
Atlanta, Georgia
Large Category (700,000 or more employee hours)
(877,823 hours) reports, “Ciner Site Manager Craig Rood attended the meeting along with Safety Manager Neil Malicoat and said it’s always an honor to win any award for safety. It is especially nice to be recognized as one of the safest mines in North America,” Rood added. “But at the end of the day, safety is a core value for us at Ciner. The goal is for our employees to go home, to their family’s, at the end of the shift the same way they showed up at the start of the shift. We believe the most important thing to come out of our mine is our miners.” 

“The safety performance of these IMA members is truly inspiring,” enthused IMA-NA’s Mark Ellis. “Large Category Honoree Ciner Resources worked 877,823 employee hours with 2 injuries for an injury rate of 0.46 per 200,000 employee work-hours.”  

“MSHA and IMA-NA strive to help the industry achieve its ultimate goal—sending safe and healthy miners home to their families, every shift, every day,” said Douglas Smith, IMA-NA’s Chairman and Vice President & General Manager, North American Ceramics, for Imerys (Roswell, Georgia). “We’re pleased to recognize IMA-NA member companies that have compiled excellent safety records and who serve as examples for other companies.” 

Ciner is proud to be honored for our safety performance. We thank all of our employees for their dedication to working safely, focusing on the task at hand, and their constant situational awareness.

Source: Wyo4News. (2019, 28 May). Mine Safety Award Honorees Announced. [Press Release]. Retrieved from