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West Coast Resources Thrives on Safety


Since January 2012, the Mining Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has reported a nationwide total of 4,537 safety violations at surface metal and nonmetal gravel sites. But West Coast Resources, an affiliate of West Coast Contractors recently received no infractions during a MSHA safety inspection at the Southern Oregon Mineral Sands project site south of Coos Bay, Ore.

Because MSHA has very strict citation guidelines, West Coast Resources’ clean review is almost unheard of in the mining industry. West Coast Resources and West Coast Contractors take pride in their ability to provide the highest quality service while maintaining a superior level of safety.

Founded in 1989 in Portland, Ore., Oregon Resources Corp. began the exploration of mineral sand properties in southwestern Oregon. West Coast Resources, in conjunction with ORC, developed the first domestic source of chromite and other valuable minerals in the United States, according to the company.

WCR's efforts to help develop the Southern Oregon Mineral Sands project, which covers approximately 2,600 acres of terraced mineral sand properties near Coos Bay, Ore., is a valuable resource to U.S. foundries seeking a local source of minerals. In addition to handling the excavation and heavy equipment for this project, West Coast Contractors has also built the foundation for the site where the ore is processed. The main plant has been designed to process the extracted material at 1.2 million tons per year.

MSHA’s safety inspections focus on any activity that poses a potential danger to workers on site. At the Southern Oregon Mineral Sands site, West Coast Resources was graded on a variety of regulations such as ensuring that safety barriers were in place, employees wore necessary eye protection, hard hats, and highly visible clothing, and that trucks were in safe working conditions. At the site, West Coast Resources’ crews are responsible for heavy equipment including bulldozers, excavators, belts, and trucks which all passed safety inspection with flying colors, a testament to West Coast Resources’ commitment to integrity, quality, and its customers.

“We are pleased that our dedication to safety is shown by the recent site inspection in which we had no violations,” said David Kronsteiner, president of West Coast Resources. “We truly care about the wellbeing of our employees, partners, and subcontractors and continue to aim towards excellence in all of our projects.”

An extensive project such as the Southern Oregon Mineral Sands requires exceptional safety for the work force on site, further proving West Coast Resources and West Coast Contractors continual record of successful project completions.