Global Safety Results

In 2017, Peabody attained a global 1.38 total recordable injury frequency rate (TRIFR) per 200,000 hours worked, with zero fatalities.

  • Peabody is a safety leader, with a global incidence rate outperforming industry averages in the areas where we have operations – the Illinois Basin, Powder River Basin and Western region in the U.S., and New South Wales and Queensland, Australia.

  • Our Australia platform achieved a record safety result of 1.19 TRIFR in 2017, marking an improvement of 17 percent from the prior year, with progress at both underground (1.71 TRIFR) and surface operations (1.06 TRIFR).

  • Several Peabody U.S. mines achieved notable safety performances during 2017, with consecutive months of recordable injury-free operations including Kayenta Mine (nine months), Rawhide Mine (eight months) and Twentymile Mine (five months). In July 2017, El Segundo Mine reached 1 million hours and nearly two years without a reportable injury, a significant milestone.


Safety a Way of Life

Peabody’s Safety a Way of Life Management System (SAWOL) sets out a risk-based framework that is the basis for continuous safety and health improvement. SAWOL aligns with and is independently certified under the U.S. National Mining Association’s CORESafety® framework and fosters a safety culture that promotes participation and accountability, applying to our employees, contractors, visitors and vendors at our sites.

  • SAWOL was recognized in early 2018 with a Communitas Award for Leadership in Ethical and Environmental Responsibility.

  • Peabody Midwest mines hosted “Family Days” throughout 2017 to emphasize SAWOL and showcase operations. At some operations, the children of team members left a touching reminder for their parents to work safely… and to return home safely. Hand prints on a banner are displayed as a visible and daily safety reminder.

  • Sound mental health is recognized as integral to a healthy workplace, and suicide prevention supports Peabody’s commitment to risk reduction and protection of our workforce. A MATES in Mining program was launched in Australia, and in 2017 Peabody began implementing MATES in Mining across our Australian operations. The program is based on the premise that people save people and engages the workforce in training modules to chip away at the stigma associated with mental illness.

Calling on the Industry's Best in Safety

The Wambo Underground Mine Rescue Team from New South Wales, pictured above, won first place at the Australian National Mines Rescue Competition in 2017, having also won the title in 2015.
  • A spot at Nationals was secured after the team placed first at the Singleton District Underground Mines Rescue Competition, a title the Wambo MRT has claimed for 11 consecutive years. Individuals from the Wambo MRT also tallied up awards at this competition, including Best Captain, Warren Kirk; Best Theory Paper, Mick Millgate; and the Players Player Award, Mitchel Lydon.

  • The top Australian honor earns the team a stake in the biennial International Mines Rescue Competition, to be held in Russia in September 2018.

  • At the 2016 global competition, the Wambo MRT won the prestigious honor of first place in First Aid and sixth overall. Winning a competition of this caliber demonstrates a strong commitment to Peabody’s first value of safety and benefits participants, our company and the mining industry by advancing best practices in emergency preparedness. 

Safety Honors

Peabody recognizes top safety performance across its mines, annually honoring operations with the lowest total recordable injury frequency rates (TRIFR).

Americas platform President's Award for Best Underground Mine Safety Performance

  • Twentymile Mine, Colo., achieved a safety record with a 1.87 TRIFR, representing more than 875,000 hours worked during the year.

  • Won for the sixth time since 2005.


Americas platform President's Award for Best Surface Mine Safety Performance
  • Kayenta Mine, Ariz., achieved a safety record with a 0.68 TRIFR, representing over 875,000 hours worked.

  • Recognized for most improved safety performance in 2017.

Australia platform President’s Award for Best Underground Mine Safety Performance

  • North Goonyella Mine, Queensland, achieved a safety record with a 1.30 TRIFR, representing more than 920,000 hours worked.

  • One of the best performances by an underground mine ever for Peabody Australia.

Australia platform President’s Award for Best Surface Mine Safety Performance

  • Moorvale Mine, Queensland, achieved a TRIFR of 0.48, representing more than 830,000 hours worked.

  • Won category for the second consecutive year.


Peabody is the leading global pure-play coal company and a member of the Fortune 500, serving power and steel customers in more than 25 countries on six continents. The company offers significant scale, high-quality assets, and diversity in geography and products. Peabody is guided by seven core values: safety, customer focus, leadership, people, excellence, integrity and sustainability.