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Peabody Energy Achieves Best Safety Incidence Rate In Company's History and Honors Global Operations with Innovation Awards


ST. LOUIS, Feb. 9 – Peabody Energy (NYSE: BTU) today announced it achieved the best safety incidence rate in the company’s history, marking 1.25 incidents per 200,000 hours worked, a 13 percent improvement over the company’s record set in 2014. Australian operations improved 26 percent also marking a historic low. These results include both Peabody employees and on-site contractors.

The results fittingly come on the heels of Peabody’s 2015 Safety Innovation Awards, which honored employees at the Millennium, Wilpinjong, Bear Run and Francisco mines for their clever solutions to improve safety. The awards demonstrate Peabody’s commitment to safety and foster the sharing of best practices across Peabody and the industry.

“Our view of safety as a core value creates an intense focus on the health and safety of our workforce,” said Peabody Energy President and Chief Executive Officer Glenn Kellow. “We are proud to recognize employees for strong safety achievements as well as their innovative ideas that in turn, can be deployed through our other sites and potentially across the industry as a whole.”

This year’s program was marked by intense competition with 32 entries from Peabody’s global underground and surface operations. The winners include:

  • First Place and Most Transferable: T282C Air Filter Access Platform designed by Brad Enthoven at Millennium Mine in Queensland, Australia. This custom design platform reduces manual handling risks when changing out air filters on mobile equipment. Also awarded Most Transferrable, the solution can be replicated across Peabody sites. In addition, the platform can be used to access additional areas of machinery in the workshop as well as complete other access and manual handling tasks where parts or tools are required to be lifted or lowered.
  • Second Place and Most Original: JB1 Extraction Slide, designed by Jason Bradbury at Bear Run Mine in Indiana. The JB1 Extraction Slide uses a frame that allows sick or injured workers to be safely, smoothly and quickly lowered in a Stokes Basket. This innovation also helps improve the safety of rescue teams by reducing exposure to back strains.
  • Third Place and Most Effective: Drone Placement of a Tailings Dam Target, designed by Matthew Brown and Paul Rohrich at Wilpinjong Mine in New South Wales, Australia. This cost effective innovation reduces major risks associated with the manual placement of targets on the tailings dam during capping.
  • Most Cost Effective: Dozer Catwalk, designed by Francisco Mine in Indiana. This design greatly improves visibility by realigning the grating on the rear catwalk.