Peabody Energy's Wild Boar and Francisco Mines Honored With CEO and President's Awards for Top Safety Performance
ST. LOUIS, Feb. 19 – Peabody Energy today announced that its Wild Boar Mine in Indiana has earned the CEO Safety Excellence Award for achieving zero reportable safety incidents in 2015. Wild Boar also was honored with President’s Awards for the Best Surface Mine Safety Performance and Most Improved Safety Performance among Peabody’s U.S. operations this past year.
Additionally, the Francisco Mine in Indiana has achieved the President’s Award for the Best Underground Mine Safety Performance in 2015. The strong performance achieved by Wild Boar and Francisco helped drive the best safety incidence rate in Peabody’s 133-year history.
“I’m very proud to honor the team at Wild Boar for demonstrating safety as our first value,” said Peabody President and Chief Executive Officer Glenn Kellow. “While the CEO Award honors annual safety results, the team has now tracked some 21 months and over 700 consecutive days without a reportable incident. That’s an outstanding achievement and a model for our operations globally.”
Wild Boar also was honored for performance by Peabody President – Americas Kemal Williamson. Located in Warrick County, the mine employs more than 175 skilled workers and last year shipped 2 million tons of coal.
Employees at the Francisco Mine delivered a 1.45 safety incidence rate per 200,000 hours worked. Located in Gibson County, Ind., the mine employs nearly 300 workers and last year shipped 2.9 million tons of coal.
“The achievements at both mines speak volumes about Peabody’s commitment to safety,” said Peabody President – Americas Kemal Williamson. “Our goal is for all workers to go home safely each day. Honoring the operations with these awards is our way of recognizing them for delivering on what we call Safety as a Way of Life.”
Globally, Peabody achieved a 1.25 safety incidence rate per 200,000 hours worked, a 13 percent improvement from the prior year, setting a new global safety record for the company.
Peabody operates some of the safest, most productive and competitive mines in the United States, which remain a strong economic force. The company’s Midwest operations injected more than $2.5 billion in direct and indirect economic benefits in wages, benefits, taxes, royalties and other business payments in 2015.
Peabody Energy is the world’s largest private-sector coal company and a global leader in sustainable mining, energy access and clean coal solutions. The company serves metallurgical and thermal coal customers in more than 25 countries on six continents. For further information, visit PeabodyEnergy.com.