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Cloud Peak Energy hits safety milestone

World Coal,

Cloud Peak Energy announced that employees and contractors at the company’s Spring Creek Mine in Montana operated more than one million consecutive work hours without a Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) injury. The milestone was reached at the end of October after more than 500 days without a reportable injury.

Cloud Peak CEO, Colin Marshall, commented: “I am proud of the excellent work by everyone at the Spring Creek Mine in achieving this significant milestone. This outstanding achievement took vigilance and dedication by each employee during every shift. Safety is a core value at Cloud Peak Energy, and we believe there is no reason for anyone to be harmed mining coal.”

Safe environment

“We encourage all of our employees and contractors to be actively engaged in safe operations, which includes a clear understanding and belief that all injuries are preventable,” added Marc Ostrem, Director of Health, Safety and Training for Cloud Peak Energy. “This drives a proactive approach to prevent incidents by creating a safe environment from the beginning of any task.”

“All those working at Spring Creek Mine understand the importance of safety, and that enabled us to reach this important milestone,” said Dave Schwend, Spring Creek Mine’s General Manager. “I appreciate the hard work and commitment that all our employees show each and every day. We will continue working to achieve zero injuries.”

Responsible coal production

In 2012, Spring Creek Mine produced 17.2 million t of coal, making it Montana’s largest coal mine. Cloud Peak Energy has a long-standing record of safe, responsible coal production. Last year, the company had one of the lowest All Injury Frequency Rates of the top 25 coal producers in the US, according to MSHA.

Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward

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