The U.S. National Mining Association (NMA) recognized Prairie State Generating Co.’s (PSGC) Lively Grove mine for receiving independent certification under its CORESafety system. PSGC joins eight other companies that have had operations independently certified under NMA’s signature safety initiative.

“CORESafety brings the industry’s enduring commitment to employee safety to life in a concrete, practical framework. By embracing the system, Lively Grove mine has positioned itself as an industry-leader in advancing safety,” said Hal Quinn, president and CEO of NMA. “Their commitment to driving continuous improvement and excellence in mine safety and sharing their lessons learned across the industry will help improve the safety of every miner.”

“We are very proud to be joining eight other companies in this class of CORESafety certified mines,” said Don Gaston, president and CEO of PSGC. “As we work toward achieving our vision of becoming the best coal mine and coal-fired power plant in the country, our expectation is that this CORESafety system will serve as a guidepost for future improvements to our safety programs and the success of the Lively Grove mine.”

The program’s approach to safety and health emphasizes accident prevention and uses a risk-based management system anchored in leadership, management and assurance. The framework is designed to go beyond what is required by regulations, focusing on a goal of continuous improvement. Its objective is zero fatalities and a 50% reduction in mining’s injury rate within five years of implementation. In 2017, companies participating in the CORESafety system closed the year with zero fatalities across U.S operations.