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Twentymile Coal Co. recognized for safety record

Twentymile Coal Co. Safety Manager Mike Crum presents a thank you letter to Maintenance Supervisor Mike Murphy during the presentation of the President's Award, which recognized the mine as having the best safety record of any of Peabody Energy's underground mines in 2013.

— For a second consecutive year, Routt County's Twentymile Coal Co. has received its parent company's top award for safety.

Twentymile has received the President's Award from Peabody Energy four times in the past 10 years, according to a press release.

"Safety is more than a priority at Twentymile, it is a value," Twentymile General Manager of Operations Pat Sollars stated in the release. "Our workforce is continuously evaluating and implementing innovative solutions to improve safety systems. For Twentymile employees, safety is not a statistic; it is a way of life."

Twentymile had the best safety record of Peabody's underground operations in 2013. Twentymile had 1.26 reportable incidents per 200,000 man-hours worked. In 2012, Twentymile had a 0.96 incident rate, which was the lowest for an underground mining operation in Peabody's history.

"Twentymile shows an excellent example of a long-term commitment to excellence in safety," Peabody Energy–Americas President Kemal Williamson said in the release. "To achieve results of this caliber two years in a row, our employees must focus on safety each and every day. I am very proud of their achievement and commitment to safety."

Twentymile has received the award more times than any other of Peabody's underground mines.

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Peabody credited the Twentymile employees with helping Peabody achieve its best safety record in the company's 131-year history.

Globally, Peabody achieved a 1.87 safety incidence rate per 200,000 hours worked drive, tying the 2012 safety record.

Peabody Energy is the world's largest private-sector coal company and in 2013 had revenues of $7 billion.

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