Sweetwater Mine and Mill Achieves Highest Honor for Mine Safety

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Sweetwater Mine and Mill, part of The Doe Run Company's Southeast Missouri Mining and Milling Division (SEMO), has earned the highly coveted Sentinels of Safety award, honoring the facility as the safest large underground metal mine in the country for 2010.

The Doe Run Company’s Sweetwater Mine and Mill, part of the company’s Southeast Missouri Mining and Milling Division (SEMO), has earned the highly coveted Sentinels of Safety award for outstanding safety performance in the Large Underground Metal Mine category. The award, presented Oct. 17 in Washington, D.C., honors the facility as the safest large underground metal mine in the country for 2010.

“This is something we strive to achieve all year long, and we are thrilled to be recognized as one of the safest mining companies in the U.S.,” said Ray Morgan, Sweetwater Mine superintendent. “At Sweetwater and all of Doe Run’s facilities, we embrace initiatives that make safety an integral part of our jobs. We promote safety everywhere – on the job, at home and at play – and we applaud all of the Sweetwater employees for their stellar performance.”

Co-sponsored by the National Mining Association (NMA) and the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), the Sentinels of Safety awards were developed in part by President Herbert Hoover more than 75 years ago and are recognized as one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious occupational safety awards.

Sweetwater Mine and Mill is a seven-time winner of the award, having received the honor in 1971, 1972, 1988, 1993, 1999 and 2002. Doe Run and its predecessor companies have now won the Sentinels of Safety award 25 times since 1971.

The company points to two specific practices that have helped the company continue improving safety rates. Doe Run rolled out Behavior Based Safety (BBS) at its SEMO operations in 2010. The program recognizes employees for safe behaviors and explores reasons for unsafe ones, which eliminates negative behaviors before causing issues. Doe Run also employs MSHA’s program, SLAM (Stop, Look, Analyze and Manage), which encourages employees to assess and analyze safety risks before beginning tasks. Through these and other programs, including annual safety training, Doe Run decreased incident rates company-wide by 23 percent in 2010.

“For us, it’s all about focusing offensively versus defensively,” said Steve Batts, general manager at SEMO. “In our industry, this type of award is similar to winning a gold medal in the Olympics, and we intend to keep working as safely and as smartly as we can to continue this tradition. In the end, the real winners are our people.”

To learn more about Doe Run’s safety efforts, visit: http://sustainability.doerun.com/our-people/.

About the Sentinels of Safety
The annual Sentinels of Safety award program honors outstanding safety achievements in an effort to promote more effective safety programs among the nation’s mineral-extraction industries. To be eligible for the award, underground metal mining operations must report employment data to MSHA for each active quarter during the calendar year, be free of work injuries in the underground sub-unit and surface shops and yard sub-units, have a “no days lost” (NDL) injury-incidence rate no greater than the national average for these same sub-units and have accumulated at least 4,000 employee-hours in these same sub-units in the calendar year.

About The Doe Run Company
Based in St. Louis, The Doe Run Company is a privately held natural resources company and the largest integrated lead producer in the Western Hemisphere. Dedicated to environmentally responsible mineral and metal production, Doe Run operates one of the world’s largest, single-site lead recycling facilities, located in Boss, Mo. The Doe Run Company and its subsidiary deliver products and services necessary to provide power, protection and convenience. Doe Run has operations in Missouri, Washington and Arizona. For more information, visit sustainability.doerun.com.

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