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Cottage Grove mine passes safety milestone

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Peabody Energy’s Cottage Grove coal mine in Illinois has passed three years without an accident causing an employee to miss a day of work, the company announced in a press release. The mine has operated free of a reportable incident since 15 July 2011, mining over 5 million short t of coal in that time.

"Our employees at Cottage Grove have achieved a tremendous safety milestone, and one that inspires pride in all of us at Peabody," said Peabody president – Americas Kemal Williamson. "Safety is a core value, part of our mission and a way of life here. Our goal as a company is zero incidents of any kind. The employees of Cottage Grove should be commended for reaching that target. Their focus and commitment to safety day in and day out is an outstanding example to all of us."

Cottage Grove’s year-to-date incidence rate of zero compares to a 3.42 incidence rate per 200,000 hours worked among US mines, based on the latest data. The mine has also earned the President's Safety Award in both 2012 and 2013 for achieving the best US safety performance for a Peabody surface operation.

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