Trapper Mine breaks safety record


The employees at Trapper Mine reached another milestone in safety.

In July, the mine hit 1 million man hours worked without a lost-time accident. On Tuesday, workers tied the record for the number of consecutive days worked without a lost-time injury.

"It means the entire workforce has been working very hard at taking care of the small things -- focusing on what your doing, making sure you leave at the end of the day as healthy as you were when you walked in the gate," said Karl Koehler, safety manager for the mine.

The previous record -- 1,229 days -- was set in 1994. The record was tied Tuesday and continues to grow, Koehler said.

Even though Koehler said he is proud of the achievement, he said the two records aren't comparable. In 1994, the mine had a larger workforce. So, it will take the mine a few more months before reaching the man hours worked record.

"The man hours is really the apples-to-apples comparison," Koehler said.

The last lost-time accident occurred on April 21, 2003, when an employee suffered a minor knee injury.

He said the focus of employees will keep them on track to break the man hours record this winter.

Local couple attends Shaklee conference

A local couple recently attended a national conference for the products they sell.

Larry and Sharon Pletcher, of Craig, attended Shaklee's Corporation's 50th anniversary celebration Aug. 16 to 20 in San Francisco.

The Pletchers sell natural nutrition, personal care and household products manufactured by Shaklee. They also offer air and water treatment systems.

The California conference featured international speakers, including 2004 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Wangari Maathai.

Officials also announced the introduction of two new products -- Get Clean, a nontoxic biodegradable cleaning line, and Cinch, a weight management system.

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