ST. LOUIS (August 28, 2019) – The Doe Run Company's (Doe Run) Gray mine rescue team won Overall Contest Champion at the 2019 Northern Regional Metal/Non-Metal Mine Rescue Competition in Clymer, NY, July 15-18. The team also won first in the Field Competition, second place in First Aid and third place for Team Technician.
The Northern Regional was a huge success for Doe Run’s Gray team. This was the first competition for three new members of the mine rescue team, and new team captain, Charlie Walker.
Doe Run’s two mine rescue teams complete eight hours of training monthly and compete in mine rescue competitions annually to keep their skills sharp. To train the new mine rescuers, the teams met once a month to practice first aid and rescue scenarios.
During the competition, the team worked in a single-file line with more experienced teammates at the front and back, both leading the way and supporting the end of the line.
“I’m proud of what we were able to accomplish at the competition. But even more so, that this shows we’re ready to help our fellow employees if needed,” said Walker, development miner at Doe Run’s Brushy Creek Mine and Gray team captain. “We couldn’t achieve this success without our fellow team members passing on their experience, or the commitment from company leadership to training and safety.”
Across the company, Doe Run employees complete more than 30,000 hours of training each year, including health and safety training. The focus on safety is evident. So far, in 2019 alone, Doe Run’s Sweetwater Mill achieved 22 years without a lost-time accident, and its Mine No. 29 achieved nine years without a lost-time accident. Read more about Doe Run’s safety achievements.
“Experienced employees taking the time to provide guidance to new, or less experienced, team members is a big part of our safety culture every day at Doe Run,” said Garry Moore, mobile equipment mechanic at Doe Run’s Sweetwater Mine and Gray team trainer.
In October, both the Maroon and Gray mine rescue teams will compete at the Missouri Mine Rescue Contest. Held at the Missouri University of Science and Technology’s experimental mine, it is one of the most widely attended mine rescue contests in the nation.
About The Doe Run Company
Based in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, The Doe Run Company is a privately held natural resources company and a global provider of lead, copper and zinc concentrates. Dedicated to environmentally responsible mineral and metal production, Doe Run operates one of the world’s largest, single-site lead recycling centers, located in Boss, Missouri, and mines from one of the world’s largest lead mining districts, also in Missouri. 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 www.doerun.com.