Coal Mines Reach Big Safety Milestone

The four Arch Coal operations in Wyoming, West Virginia, and Kentucky collectively reached 4.5 million hours without a lost-time injury, the company's president announced Jan. 5.

Employees of the Thunder Basin Coal Creek mine in Wyoming have worked four years and 1.2 million employee-hours without a lost-time case.Arch Coal, Inc. said Jan. 5 that four subsidiary operations have completed three or more consecutive years without a lost-time injury. Arch of Wyoming and Thunder Basin's Coal Creek mine in Wyoming; Coal-Mac in West Virginia; and Arch Coal Terminal in Kentucky collectively have worked more than 4.5 million hours without a lost-time case, said John W. Eaves, the company's president and chief operating officer.

"We strive to operate the world's safest coal mines," said Eaves. "I applaud the employees at Arch of Wyoming, Coal-Mac, Coal Creek and Arch Coal Terminal who clearly understand that working safely is the most important part of their jobs. These employees have collectively worked 4.5 million hours without a lost-time injury while supplying tons of affordable American energy."

According to the company:

  • Arch of Wyoming has completed nearly eight years and 507,000 employee-hours without a lost-time injury.
  • Coal Creek mine has worked four years and 1.2 million employee-hours without a lost-time case.
  • Coal-Mac's mining complex has worked more than three years and 2.7 million employee-hours without a lost-time injury.
  • Arch Coal Terminal's loading facility has worked more than five years and 278,000 employee-hours without a lost-time injury.

St. Louis-based Arch Coal, Inc., the second largest U.S. coal producer, supplies the fuel for about 8 percent of the nation's electricity output, according to the company. Visit this page for more information.

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