GILLETTE, Wyo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Cloud Peak Energy announced today that the company’s Cordero Rojo Mine, located in northeastern Wyoming, operated more than one-million work-hours consecutively without incurring a Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) reportable injury. This safety achievement is due to the diligent work of employees and contractors at Cordero Rojo Mine since May 2013.
“I want to congratulate all those at Cordero Rojo Mine on achieving this significant milestone,” said Colin Marshall, Cloud Peak Energy’s President and CEO. “Great effort and dedication by each and every person at the mine was required. Cloud Peak Energy’s value of safety is an underlying principle that guides our operations.”
“All of our employees and contractors understand the company’s vision of a commitment to continuously work toward zero injuries,” said Marc Ostrem, Director of Health, Safety and Training for Cloud Peak Energy. “As part of this approach, everyone is encouraged to consistently create a safe environment before beginning any task.”
“Since our achievement of one year with no lost-time incidents in September, everyone working at Cordero Rojo Mine kept the momentum going to reach this substantial record,” said Joe Vaccari, Cordero Rojo Mine General Manager. “I appreciate all the hard work and focus that our employees have shown. If everyone goes home safe at the end of each shift, we are one step closer to achieving zero injuries.”
In 2012, Cordero Rojo mined and shipped approximately 39.2 million tons of coal, making it the third largest coal mine in the U.S. that year. Coal mined from Cordero Rojo is primarily shipped to electric utilities in the western, midwestern and southeastern United States. The mine has been recognized for its accomplishments for both safety and environmental stewardship.
Cloud Peak Energy has a long-standing record of safe, responsible coal production. According to MSHA, in 2012 the company had one of the lowest All Injury Frequency Rates of the top-25 U.S. coal producers.
Marshall added, “It is particularly pleasing that as the Cordero Rojo mine has passed this safety milestone it means two of our mines, Spring Creek and Cordero Rojo, have currently not had any reportable injuries for over one-million work hours.”
About Cloud Peak Energy®
Cloud Peak Energy Inc. (NYSE:CLD) is headquartered in Wyoming and is one of the largest U.S. coal producers and the only pure-play Powder River Basin (PRB) coal company. As one of the safest coal producers in the nation, Cloud Peak Energy specializes in the production of low sulfur, subbituminous coal. The company owns and operates three surface coal mines in the PRB, the lowest cost major coal producing region in the nation. The Antelope and Cordero Rojo mines are located in Wyoming and the Spring Creek Mine is located in southeastern Montana. Cloud Peak Energy also owns rights to substantial undeveloped coal and complementary surface assets in the Northern PRB, further building the company’s long-term position to serve Asian export and domestic customers. With approximately 1,700 employees, the company is widely recognized for its exemplary performance in its safety and environmental programs. Cloud Peak Energy is a sustainable fuel supplier for approximately 4 percent of the nation’s electricity.