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Wyoming mine achieves safety milestone

World Coal,

Cloud Peak Energy’s Cordero Rojo Mine, in northeastern Wyoming, operated over one million consecutive work-hours without incurring a Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) reportable injury.

“I want to congratulate all those at Cordero Rojo Mine on achieving this significant milestone,” said Colin Marshall, CEO of Cloud Peak Energy. “Great effort and dedication by each and every person at the mine was required. Cloud Peak Energy’s value of safety is an underlying principle that guides our operations.”

Director of Health, Safety and Training for Cloud Peak, added: “All of our employees and contractors understand the company’s vision of a commitment to continuously work toward zero injuries. As part of this approach, everyone is encouraged to consistently create a safe environment before beginning any task.”

“Since our achievement of one year with no lost-time incidents in September, everyone working at Cordero Rojo Mine kept the momentum going to reach this substantial record,” commented Joe Vaccari, Cordero Rojo Mine General Manager. “I appreciate all the hard work and focus that our employees have shown. If everyone goes home safe at the end of each shift, we are one step closer to achieving zero injuries.”

Safety and environmental stewardship
In 2012, Cordero Rojo mined and shipped approximately 39.2 million t of coal, making it the third largest coal mine in the US that year. Coal from the Cordero Rojo mine is primarily shipped to electric utilities in the western, midwestern and southeastern US. The mine has been recognised for its accomplishments for both safety and environmental stewardship.

Cloud Peak Energy has a long-standing record of safe, responsible coal production. According to MSHA, in 2012 the company had one of the lowest All Injury Frequency Rates of the top-25 coal producers in the US.

Marshall added: “It is particularly pleasing that as the Cordero Rojo mine has passed this safety milestone it means two of our mines, Spring Creek and Cordero Rojo, have currently not had any reportable injuries for over one-million work hours.”

Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward

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