Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Peabody Mine Rescue Teams Earn Four Championships at National

Peabody Mine Rescue Teams Earn Four Championships at National - USASeptember 26, 2007
ST. LOUIS, Sept. 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --

Peabody Energy teams earned four of the seven national championship trophies at the U.S. Department of Labor's National Mine Rescue, First Aid, Bench and Preshift Competition in Nashville, Tenn. The bi-annual competition tests the skills of mine rescue and first aid teams in simulated emergencies and enables employees to hone their safety preparedness skills. Nearly 60 teams from 12 states competed, and multiple Peabody teams participated.
"We are proud of our leadership in safety readiness, which is core to our commitment to achieving world-class safety results," said Eric Ford, Peabody's Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. "These honors speak volumes about the caliber of our people and our constant attention to best practices."
Peabody's Southern Appalachia Operations team won first place overall in the combination mine rescue/first aid competition and first place in the mine rescue category, outperforming far more experienced competitors.
The company's Federal No. 2 team from Northern Appalachia took first place in the first aid competition, and Electrician Chuck Harvey of the Twentymile Mine in Colorado won the national BG-4 Benchman competition.
Peabody's state and national award-winners include:
National Mine Rescue Awards
Combination Mine Rescue/First Aid
Southern Appalachia, 1st Place
Mine Rescue
Southern Appalachia, 1st Place
First Aid
Federal No. 2, 1st PlaceSouthern Appalachia, 3rd Place
Benchman BG-4
Chuck Harvey, Twentymile Mine, 1st PlaceMark Beauchamp, Twentymile Mine, 3rd Place
1st Place State Awards
West Virginia Combination Mine Rescue/First Aid
Southern Appalachia Operations Team
Illinois Mine Rescue
Willow Lake Mine Team
Kentucky Biomarine
Mark Lloyd, Bluegrass Team
West Virginia Mine Rescue
Southern Appalachia Operations Team
West Virginia Benchman BG-174A
Harry McGinnis, Federal No. 2 Team
West Virginia First Aid
Federal No. 2 Team
Peabody Energy is the world's largest private-sector coal company, with 2006 sales of 248 million tons of coal and $5.3 billion in revenues. Its coal products fuel approximately 10 percent of all U.S. electricity generation and more than 2 percent of worldwide electricity.
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