These are professionals who spend countless hours training and preparing to ensure they are sharp and ready if they are needed in an actual emergency.
Viburnum, MO (PRWEB) May 22, 2008
Members of a mine rescue team from The Doe Run Company earned top honors during the recent Southern Regional Mine Rescue Contest. Held April 29 through May 2 in New Iberia, La., the competition pitted Doe Run’s Gray Team against 13 other mine rescue teams from across the country.
Doe Run’s Ken Wood took first place in the Gas Benchman Contest, which involved repairing a defective gas monitor. It was Wood’s third consecutive win in a Gas Benchman competition. Wood, who works in surface maintenance at Doe Run’s Fletcher Mine, took first in October 2007 at a Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) competition and May 2007 at the Kansas Regional Shoot-Out Mine Rescue Contest.
Garry Moore Jr., who works at Sweetwater Mine, took third place in the BG4 Benchman Contest, which involved repairing a self-contained BG4 breathing apparatus. Moore has won the past three BG4 contests at Missouri S&T and took first place at the 2006 National Competition in Reno, Nev.
Three other team members – Kenny Sherrill, Larry D. Barton and team captain Wayne Marlin – completed the written portion of the contest without “discounts,” a term used to reflect the number of incorrect answers on written tests and the number of errors made during competitions. Other members of the Gray Team include Charlie Walker, Randall Hill and William Johnston.
“Our employees focus on safety every moment of every day, and competitions such as this give our highly skilled and trained mine rescue experts a chance to apply their knowledge in a simulated setting, gaining valuable experience,” said Denis Murphy, safety and environmental manager at Doe Run’s Southeast Missouri Mining and Milling Division (SEMO). “These are professionals who spend countless hours training and preparing to ensure they are sharp and ready if they are needed in an actual emergency.”
Another Doe Run mine rescue team, the Maroon Team, is preparing to compete June 3-5 in the Southwest Wyoming Mutual Aid Mine Rescue Contest in Rock Springs, Wyo. Both of Doe Run’s mine safety teams will compete in the National Mine Rescue Contest, slated for July 15-17 in Reno, Nev.
Doe Run operates half a dozen mines in Southeast Missouri that are known as some of the safest underground mines in the world. In fact, Doe Run and its predecessors have won the prestigious Sentinels of Safety award for Underground Metal Mining a total of 23 times.
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 subsidiaries deliver products and services necessary to provide power, protection and convenience. Doe Run has operations in Missouri, Washington and Arizona. For more information, visit http://www.doerun.com.
kmartin @ doerun.com