Peabody Energy’s El Segundo coal mine has been awarded the Safe Operator of the Year Award by the New Mexico Bureau of Mine Safety and New Mexico Mining Association. Operating for more than a year without any reportable mine or contractor injuries, the mine achieved the state’s best safety record in the year to 30 June 2016.
In addition to the mine’s award, Roy Jones, a Relief Supervisor and member of the mine rescue team at El Segundo, was recognised with a Rescue Response Award after rendering first aid at a non-mining accident that occurred in Albuquerque last April, during which he stablised a spinal injury until paramedics arrived.
“Leadership in safety is our first value and starts with each one of us,” said Peabody President – Americas, Kemal Williamson. “We are extremely proud of the team at El Segundo for living our safety values. We also recognise Roy for inspiring all of us with quick, lifesaving actions that prevented further injury and enabled a positive recovery from a serious accident.”
The El Segundo mine employs around 200 workers. Earlier this year, its mine rescue team earned overall first place and three first place honours at safety events at the Tri-State Fireman’s Association Competition.
Edited by Jonathan Rowland.