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Toney Fork surface mine marks 1,000 days without lost-time accident

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Cliffs Natural Resources said Nov. 25 that its Cliffs Logan County Coal Toney Fork surface mine have passed the 1,000-day mark without a lost-time accident.

The Toney Fork mine employs 47 people  who have worked more than 550,000 hours without a lost-time accident. Earlier this year, the mine received the Joseph A. Holmes Safety Association Award for outstanding safety performance during 2012.

Along with the safety milestone at Toney Fork, Cliffs Logan County Coal's Saunders prep plant and load-out facility are approaching 1,000 days worked without a lost-time accident, and the PinnaclePrep Plant in Wyoming County is nearing 700 days.

In addition to the Toney Fork Surface Mine, Cliffs operates the Lower War Eagle and Powellton mines in Logan County, the Pinnacle Mine in Wyoming County and the Oak Grove mine and Concord Prep Plant in Jefferson County, Alabama. Cliffs North American coal operations  employ more than 1,500 people.

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