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Safety and Health Innovation Awards

Each year, Peabody encourages its employees to come up with creative solutions to help make the company’s mines safer through its Safety and Health Innovation Awards. The awards recognize smart inventions, big and small, that improve safety and often introduce cost and time efficiencies, increase productivity and may be mirrored across the company – and potentially across the industry. The program demonstrates Peabody’s commitment to safety and to fostering the sharing of best practices.

In 2018, the team at the Francisco Mine won first place in the program for designing and constructing from scratch a rollup door installation device that allows the 1,000-pound doors used to control air flow at the mine to be installed in a safer manner.

Other 2018 award winners included:

  • Second Place and Most Original: The Metropolitan team from New South Wales developed a telescoping design for the ventilation tubes used to remove dust and gases from the coal face in the underground mine. The team created an internal tube fitted with rollers that inserts into the ventilation tubes, allowing operators to more easily extend the tubes while reducing possible exposure to strains or sprains. 

  • Third Place (tie) and Most Effective: The NARM team from Wyoming designed and constructed upholstery doors to replace the 600-pound sliding steel hoist doors used at the mine’s blending tower. The upholstery doors weigh half as much and create less of an injury risk than the steel doors, while still providing necessary weather protection and durability.

  • Third Place (tie) and Most Transferable: To reduce the risk of hand injuries, the Wilkie Creek team from Queensland designed a pin removal tool that allows hands to avoid the pin collar area. The tool can be used at surface and underground mines and coal preparation plants for connecting and detaching equipment.

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.