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Donald S. Kingery Memorial

This award was established in 1974 by the friends of Donald S. Kingery. From 1975 to 1986, the award was conferred by the Donald S. Kingery Memorial, Inc. Beginning in l987, the PCMIA assumed sponsorship of this award program.

Background

The Pittsburgh Coal Mining Institute of America (PCMIA) annually recognizes an individual who has significantly contributed to the furtherance and improvement of mine safety and health.

Nominations may be made for persons involved in any type of mining and are not limited to the coal industry where Mr. Kingery made his principal contributions. The award consists of an inscribed commemorative clock that is presented at the annual luncheon of the PCMIA which is normally held in late October.

NOMINATION MATERIALS

The nomination write-up for this award is limited to the following constraints. The write-up must be submitted on 8.5 x 11 inch paper size, margins shall all be 1-inch, spacing shall be single or double-spaced, the font used shall be Times New Roman, 12 point, and the total number of pages shall be no more than 6 single-sided pages (excluding the cover sheet). The cover sheet shall include only the following: Name of Nominee, Current Position or Title, Business Address, Home Address, Email Address, Office Telephone Number, Name or Person Submitting Nomination, Address, Email Address, Office Telephone Number, and date the nomination was submitted.

Any nomination exceeding the overall page limit may not be evaluated by the PCMIA Awards Committee. The nomination materials should also include a high resolution (approximately 1 MB or greater) color electronic photograph of the nominee. This photograph will be used for publicity purposes.

Please submit only one set of nomination materials. It is not necessary to make additional copies.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION

September 30

Submit nominations via the regular mail to: Lisa Krepps, Pittsburgh Coal Mining Institute of America, Post Office Box 233, Hunker, PA 15639.

Or electronically to: Lisa Krepps at Krepps.Lisa@dol.gov

For questions or more information, please contact Awards Committee Chairperson Michael A. Trevits at 412-874-6556 or mat412@verizon.net

CRITERIA ON WHICH AWARD IS GRANTED

The write-up for the award nomination shall consist of two sections as follows. The selection of a successful recipient is based on the candidate’s overall career impact on mine safety and/or health. Nominations will be accepted from individuals, companies, organizations, universities, or associations. The award application must be submitted by someone who knows the nominee well; self-nominations will not be accepted.

Section 1 – Overall Career Impact on Mine Safety and/or Health

This section of the nomination is limited to no more than three pages. This section should include contributions, results achieved, and in-depth discussion of the nominee’s overall commitment to mine safety and health.

Section 2 – Biographical Information

This section of the nomination is limited to no more than three pages. This section should include a biographical sketch of the nominee and should contain information relative to the nominee’s background, affiliation with the mining industry, and those significant contributions warranting consideration. The scope and impact of those contributions should be described.

AWARDS PROCESS

The PCMIA Awards Committee solicits nominations for this award at the beginning of each calendar year. Nominations for the award may be made through September 30th of any given year and are considered active for three years from the submission date.

Upon review of all active submissions for the award, the PCMIA Awards Committee will recommend a nominee to the PCMIA Board of Directors for approval. Upon approval, the successful nominee will be notified by early October. The award is presented at the annual luncheon of the PCMIA which is normally held in late October of each year.It is tradition that the recipient be scheduled as a featured speaker following the annual PCMIA luncheon.

Winner

John E. Uroesek, PE

Owner, Urosek Mine Consulting, LLC, and Retired Chief of Mine Emergency Operations, Mine Safety and Health Administration

2017 PCMIA Donald S. Kingery Memorial Award

The Pittsburgh Coal Mining Institute of America (PCMIA) annually recognizes an individual who has significantly contributed to the furtherance and improvement of mine safety and health. Nominations may be made for persons involved in any type of mining and are not limited to the coal industry where Mr. Kingery made his principal contributions. The selection of the successful candidate is based on his/her overall impact on mine health and safety; judgement includes consideration of contributions, results achieved, and the nominee’s commitment to mine safety and health.

John E. Urosek has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mining Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University and is a registered Professional Engineer. John is currently a mining industry Consultant operating as John Urosek Mine consulting, LLC since May 2017. He provides expertise in mine fires, mine explosions, mine emergencies, mine emergency preparedness, ventilation and mien gases.

John was employed by the Mine Safety and Health Administration, United States and Health Administration, United States Department of Labor from 1974-2017. He served as a mining engineering who has worked in the areas of ventilation, fires, explosions, dust control, roof control, and enforcement activities. He worked as a mining engineer in the Ventilation Division since 1979. He was promoted to Supervisory Mining Engineer in 1985. From 1985 to 1995, he was the Chief of the Mine Ventilation Division. In 2002, he joined MSHA’s Mine Emergency Unit as man of the Emergency Temporary Standard on sealing of abandoned areas. In 2007, he was promoted to become the Chief of Mine Emergency Operations. In 2007 and 2008, he served as chairman of the final rule on sealing of abandoned areas. He served as a lead investigator in numerous mine disasters including the William Station Mine Explosion, the Blacksville Mine Explosion, the Sago Mine Explosion, and the JWR No. % Mine Explosion.

John has been a member of the Connellsville Township Volunteer Fire Department since 1974 and during this time, he has responded to well over 200 structure fires. He has also been part of Emergency Management for Connellsville Township, PA since 1989.

John Urosek’s commitment to improve miner safety has been exceptional. The PCMIA is proud to recognize him as the recipient of the 2017 Donald S. Kingery Memorial Award.

Donald S. Kingery Memorial Award

Historical Listing of the Awardees

2017 | John E. Urosek, PE, Owner Urosek Mine Consulting LLC, Retired Chief of Mine Emergency Operations, MSHA
2016 | Thomas M. Barczak, PhD, Retired NIOSH & US Bureau of Mines
2015 | Joseph A. Sbaffoni, Retired PA DEP, Bureau of Mine Safety
2014 | Thomas F. Tomb, Retired MSHA, Technical Support
2013 |  Raja V. Ramani, PhD, PE Pennsylvania State University
2012 |  Michael J Sapko NIOSH, US Bureau of Mines (Retired)
2011 |  Stephen G. Sawyer, PhD, PE MSHA (Retired) Consultant
2010 |  John N. Murphy US Bureau of Mines, NIOSH and University of Pittsburgh
2009 |  Murray Jacobson MSHA (Retired)
2008 |  Christopher Mark, PhD, PE NIOSH
2007 |  Joseph A. Main United Mine Workers of America (Retired)
2006 |  Lewis V. Wade, PhD National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health
2003 |  Samuel B. Shearer CSE Corporation
2002 |  Pramod C. Thakur, PhD CONSOL Energy
2001 |  Syd S. Peng, PhD West Virginia University
2000 |  Maurice Deul Consultant
1999 |  Hugh H. Lucas AEP Fuel Supply
1998 |  Robert G. Peluso MSHA Technical Support (Retired)
1997 |  Donald W. Mitchell Consultant
1996 |  Donald W. Huntley MSHA (Retired)

1995 | Jack Katlic Consultant
1994 | Robert W. Dalzell MSHA, Technical Support
1993 | Thomas J. Ward, Jr. Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources
1992 | Louis Hunter National Independent Coal Operators Association
1991 | John Nagy US Bureau of Mines and MSHA
1990 | James L. Adkins Cannelton Holding Company
1989 | Dr. Lorin Kerr United Mine Workers of America
1988 | William H. Hoover MSHA and Holmes Safety Association
1987 | Robert L. Vines Bituminous Coal Operators’ Association
*1986 | Ralph Hatch Consolidation Coal Corporation (Retired)
*1985 | J. Richard Lucas Virginia Polytechnic Institute
*1984 | Walter Vicinelly PA Department of Mines (Retired)
*1983 | William Parisi Consolidation Coal Corporation (Retired)
*1982 | Edward Onuscheck R & P Coal Corporation (Retired)
*1981 | Frank H. Zimmerman National Gypsum Company (Retired)
*1980 | Robert Stefanko Pennsylvania State University (Deceased)
*1978 | David Burgess US Bureau of Mines (Retired)
*1977 | William S. Park MESA and MSHA (Retired)
*1976 | David Zegeer Bethlehem Mines Corporation (Retired)
*1975 | Woods Talman US Steel Corporation (Retired)