For the second consecutive year, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Office of Mines and Minerals recognized the Gateway mine for achieving the lowest incidence rate in 2010 among underground Illinois mines with less than 500,000 work hours. The Gateway prep plant achieved the best safety record among peer facilities, operating without a lost-time incident in 2010.
In 2010, Gateway achieved a 3.80 incidence rate per 200,000 hours worked, a more than 30% improvement over the 2010 industry average for underground mines, according to U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration data. Located in Randolph County near Coulterville, Ill., Gateway mine shipped approximately 3 million tons of coal in 2010.