2013 Spring Newsletter








John Pippy At Enlow 3 North 6
John Pippy At Enlow 3 North 6

PA Coal Alliance CEO Visits Enlow Fork

On February 7, 2013 PA Coal Alliance CEO, John Pippy, visited our Enlow Fork 3 North #6 Shaft. Mr. Pippy toured the entire

site including making the trip to the shaft bottom.  The Pennsylvania Coal Alliance is a group of employers that benefit from the coal industry. Members of the Alliance are employees and family members of coal producers, direct suppliers (like R G Johnson), and suppliers to suppliers. Under John Pippy’s leadership, the PA Coal Alliance works to educate the public and policy makers about the coal industry. Mr. Pippy visited our site as part of his efforts to better understand the work done by Alliance member companies.

John enjoyed learning about shaft sinking and meeting some of the crew. He did a great job of hiding his “discomfort” with heights as he travelled in and out of the shaft. Surely a short trip into a 744 feet deep shaft was easier than some tasks in his previous jobs. Mr. Pippy is an Iraq War Veteran, current Colonel in the National Guard, and a former State Senator and State Representative.

John’s engineering expertise helped him appreciate the high quality of our work on the shaft. He also spoke highly of our safety efforts, and was impressed by our unique equipment. His visit also highlighted that R G Johnson uses many vendors that also benefit from the coal industry.

Thanks to Brian Carpenter, Bill Kasovich, and Darrell Grant for helping with our tour.

Learn more about the Pennsylvania Coal Alliance by visiting More pictures from the visit can also be found on Facebook at PACoalAlliance


The camera mount on the hoist
The camera mount on the hoist

A New View from the Hoist

There is a new view from the hoist.  Instead of looking around derrick parts and straining your eyes, we can look at the monitor inside the hoist house and see everything.  This has helped our hoist operators by being able to see from a different point of view and also to bring things closer.  The camera is mounted on the circle and it moves with the derrick as the operator swings around the jobsite.  It gives a bird’s eye view of entering the shaft and also allows us to have more comfort in the operator’s moves.  We actually can see the piles of muck better while dumping buckets. 

 The operators tell me it speeds up their time getting back in the shaft. The night shift said it makes it look like daytime on the monitors, and it is even better in the fog.  I have had operators tell me they love the cameras and see it as an improvement for them.  It really helped on the 210 Hoist because it sets back farther than the 200 and 140 Hoists and also because they have these big walls on each side to try to look around.  It is amazing when you look out the windows of the hoist house and see things in your way and then you turn your eyes to the monitor and your view is open with no derrick parts in the way. 

It is another thing to get used to because it’s new, but I think it will help all of us to be more comfortable and to be safer while running the hoist.  Let’s face it, our eyes change over the years and we have ways to improve our jobs.  So please, everyone, keep looking for ways to improve.  RG Johnson is always up for something new to improve safety in the workplace.  That is what sets us apart from so many other companies.  The technology is out there, we just have to put it in place.  Who knows we just might have a camera on the hood next. 

Article submitted by:  Jimmy Carpenter.




Speaking Of Changes

“Change is the law of life, and those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the fortune” 

                                                                                                            John F. Kennedy

The addition of cameras and monitors  to our hoist houses is a perfect example of looking to the future and a change for the better.  Things usually change for a reason; something wasn’t working; something was out of date or maybe there is now a better way of doing things.  Work environment are always changing.  Please don’t cling to “used to bes” or “that’s the way we’ve always done its”.  Please be willing and open mined enough to try new things.  

Life is always changing. The more easily you can adapt, the more successful, happy and appreciated you will be.



On the Other Hand

Consisting of bone, muscle, tendons and ligaments, hands provide the dexterity to manipulate the objects we use on a daily basis.  Yet, being one of the most advantageous tools we could ever imagine to use, we still take them for granted.  We smash them, cut them, and expose them to harmful chemicals and solvents.  Why do we do this? 

Have you ever thought about what life would be like without a hand, or a portion of a hand?  Have you ever pondered the importance of a thumb?  Attempt to tie your shoe without using your thumbs.  This simple exercise displays the importance of our digits, and just how wonderful our hands are.  Over the past few years, hand injuries account for 25%-30% of our total accidents.  Everybody has injured their  hand at one time or another.  I would be willing to bet that almost each one of you have witnessed  somebody seriously injure a part of their hand. 

 However, knowing their importance, and knowing the  risks we still subject our hands to the daily abuse continues.  We can continue the trend and have multiple hand injuries per year, or on the other hand, we could take action to change the future of our  most valuable extremities.  How can we do this?

First, we have to become more cognizant of where we are placing our hands.  We have to become more  adept at identifying the pinch points that cause hand injuries.  We can’t lose sight of the forces we are dealing with.  Our hoists, drills, backhoes, etc. place extreme amounts of energy within inches of our bodies.  Sometimes, in conducting normal business we lose focus and place our hands too close to the pinch point of a bucket, or between a gopher drill and a roof bolt.  Our lowly hands pay the price.

Second, we have to think about the consequences of our actions.  There have been multiple times during the dumping of buckets where a person attempts to flip a bucket ear before the buckets rotates back in place.  Sometimes, they are quick enough to beat the bucket.  Sometimes, they are not.  I urge you to think about this one process for a moment.  How much time is saved by this action?  Is saving a couple seconds worth losing one of your most valuable tools? 

We must make a conscious effort to keep our hands out of the areas that cause injury, and take the time to do our jobs safely.  Our hands depend on it.

As always…think safe, be safe, live safe.



To:  Brian Carpenter and the crew at Enlow 3 North 6 Shaft for the great achievement of being the first job site without one accident reported!   Way to go guys!

To:  Evan Holik, Adam Sibert and Judd Wolfe for passing the Pennsylvania Blaster and Pennsylvania Foreman tests!   Great work!

To:  The Pasche’s were blessed with a  baby boy on February 11. Welcome, Ethan!

To: The Dorsey family on the birth of their daughter, Alexis. She was born on June 6.  What a beautiful family.

To: Bruce Cumberledge for tying the knot with his lovely bride, Victoria on May 4!  Happily Ever After.

To:  Steve and Katie Breese on the birth of their first child.  Addison Rae  was born on April 7th.  Congratulations to them!



Habitat for Humanity - Workers Wanted

R G Johnson is proud to announce that we helped sponsor the 50th home for Washington County Habitat for Humanity.  The Gostic Family will be moving in on completion of the project.  For those that don’t know how Habitat works, each family has to put in 500 hours on other Habitat projects before they are eligible for their own home.   They also have to show steady income to qualify for the interest free mortgage offered through Habitat.

We would love to try and help and are looking to see how many of our employees would sign up to work one day a month with the Habitat group.  You wouldn’t have to do it every month….we could have employees take turns….but we are just trying to get a feel of how many would be interested.  Please call me at 724-222-6810 ext.10 (Jamie) if you are interested.



In Season: Strawberry Lemonade Pie


1 Frozen deep dish pie crust

    (or homemade/roll out)

 6 Eggs

1/2 Cup Lemon Juice

3/4 Cup Sugar

1 Tsp Lemon zest

3 Tbsp Flour

 1 Cup Strawberries

1/4 Cup Sugar

 1/4 Cup Strawberries, cut in half.


1. Preheat oven to 375 Degrees.

2. Combine 1 cup strawberries and 1/4 cup sugar in a small saucepan over med-low heat.  Let simmer until strawberries are almost entirely broken down.  Strain out liquid with a fine-mesh strainer. 

3. Using your mixer or whisk, whip together the eggs, lemon juice, sugar, lemon zest, flour, and strawberry liquid until frothy.  Fold in sliced strawberries.  They’ll float, it’s okay!

4. Pour lemon mixture into pie crust and bake 35-40 minutes, or until center is no longer wiggly.


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