"Farmersburg's leadership in safety reflects the same intense personal commitment, strong communications and world-class practices that can be found throughout Peabody's global operations," company chief operating officer Eric Ford said of the mine’s performance.
"Safety is a core value and a daily focus. We are committed to a safety culture that leads to zero incidents of any kind."
The Farmersburg mine, one of the safest surface complexes in the nation, also earned the US Department of Labor’s Sentinels of Safety award in 2006 for its achievements.
It has also been recognized internally as the safest Peabody surface operation for three of the last four years, and was recognized by the US Department of the Interior for environmental excellence.
Company-wide, Peabody marked its safest year ever in 2009. The 126-year-old company had a 21% improvement in its safety rate globally last year.
At its US operations, Peabody’s accident rate was half of the industry average in 2009, with nine of its mines in the nation’s top 20 for safety.
During the first quarter of this year, Peabody has marked a 10% improvement in its safety performance.
The 250-worker Farmersburg mine produced 2.6 million tons of coal last year.
In related Farmersburg news, about 90 positions could be eliminated when the mine closes down by mid-September, according to news outlet WIBQ.
While company officials did not respond to an ILN request for comment by press time, it did tell the station that most workers will be offered jobs at other mines in the region.