U.S. Department of Labor Honors Peabody Energys Farmersburg Surface Mine as Nations Safest

The team was recognized in the large U.S. surface coal mine category for working all of 2009 – nearly 699,000 hours – without a single reportable safety incident, based on U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) criteria. This compares to the U.S. average for large surface coal mines of 1.86 incidents per 200,000 hours worked in 2009. During this period, the mine produced about 3.5 million tons of coal.

Peabody achieved the safest year in its history in 2009, marking a 21 percent improvement in its global safety rate.The company operated nine of the 20 safest surface coal mines in the nation last year.

The Sentinels of Safety is the oldest safety award in the mining industry. Co-sponsored by the National Mining Association and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration, the honor is presented to mines that achieve the lowest total reportable injury rate – which is traditionally zero in the surface mine category – and the greatest number of employee work hours each year.

SOURCE Peabody Energy