Coal producing mine-pit, Some friendly staff, Core Values are number driven.
Pros: camp is provided, free meals
Cons: disconnection between alabama hq and northern canadian branches, very isolated, very low worker morale, no company functions
I'd worked at Walter Energy for a year and a half. Recent management changes have caused the work force to become confused to the security of their jobs.
As Sr. HSE Coordinator, I had to ensure the safety of all persons (Workers, Contractors & Visitors) on site were being considered before any work began. Invesitgations for incidents and daily statistic reporting as well as ensuring Mine Rescue training was in place and effective.
Being new to 'mining' I'd learned much about the processess to coal production in a Pit Mine method. Including the industry standards for safety which varied from the normal OH&S guidelines.
Co-workers at the mine were generally friendly and cooperative and always willing to share their knowledge & experience.
Most difficult part of the job would be the disconnection between the Alabama HQ and the North Canadian operations.
Immediate (on-site) mine management was supportive to many safety initiatives and improvements. This was refreshing to see.
The mine is situated in a remote location and aproximately 1 hour drive from the nearest town (1/2 of it on a forestry road).
Recently, there has been a large destabilizing to the 3 mines owned in Northern BC by Walter Energy. This is due to recent reduced market coal prices, a decision to close one of the 3 mines, and new guidelines which seems to be putting production numbers ahead of safety.