Peabody Energy’s mines achieves more than one million work hours without a reportable injury
Peabody Energy announced that employees at two of its mines, the Bear Run Mine in Sullivan County, IN and the Kayenta Mine in Navajo County, AZ have each reached the safety milestone of 1 million hours without a reportable or lost-time injury.
The Bear Run Mine’s year-to-date 0.0 incidence rate compares to a 3.17 incidence rate per 200,000 hours worked among U.S. mines, based on the latest data.
“I’m proud of the Bear Run team for their tremendous industry leadership in safety,” said Peabody President – Americas Kemal Williamson. “Safety is a core value, part of our mission and a way of life for all of us at Peabody.”
The Bear Run Mine in Sullivan County, Ind., is the largest surface mine in the Eastern United States and shipped 7 Mt (7.7 million st) of coal in 2012. The mine serves industrial facilities and customers that provide power for millions of residents in northern, central and southern Indiana, as well as electric co-ops and utilities far beyond the region.
The Kayenta Mine’s year-to-date 0.47 incidence rate is 85 percent lower than the average U.S. incidence rate per 200,000 hours worked, based on the latest data.
“Kayenta’s results reflect an intense safety culture that is part of Peabody’s mission,” Williamson. “These results demonstrate our continued focus on teamwork, training, communications and best practice. I’m proud of our team for working toward our safety vision of achieving zero incidents of any kind.”
The Kayenta Mine in Navajo County, Ariz., has a history of excellence in safety. The mine has achieved more than 1 million hours without a reportable incident four separate times.
The Kayenta Mine shipped 6.8 Mt (7.5 million st) of coal to the Navajo Generating Station near Page, AZ this past year. Approximately 98 percent of the mine workforce is Native American, and mining operations annually inject more than $115 million in direct benefits to tribal economies. The mine also annually contributes $1.3 million in tax revenues to reservation schools.
This past year was the safest in Peabody Energy’s history. The company delivered a 1.82 safety rate per 200,000 hours worked, a 9 percent improvement from 2011 levels. Through first quarter, seven Peabody operations in the Americas platform operated without a reportable incident.
Peabody Energy is the world’s largest private-sector coal company and a global leader in sustainable mining and clean coal solutions. The company serves metallurgical and thermal coal customers in more than 25 countries on six continents. For further information, go to PeabodyEnergy.com and CoalCanDoThat.com.