Twentymile employees were recognized for achieving a 0.96 incident rate, a new record for Peabody underground operations. Twentymile’s safety rate is less than one-third the U.S. average for all coal mines, based on the latest data. This year’s award marks the third time Twentymile achieved the President’s Award since 2005. Twentymile is located in Routt County, Colo., and employs approximately 500 workers.

The Cottage Grove mine has achieved more than 17 months without a reportable injury and is among four Peabody operations that have operated more than one year incident free. Recognized for excellence in safety and stewardship, Cottage Grove also was honored by the U.S. Department of the Interior for restoration of prime farmland this past year. Cottage Grove is located in Saline County, Ill., and employs more than 150 workers.

“Twentymile and Cottage Grove set a high standard for excellence in safety,” said Peabody Energy-Americas President Kemal Williamson. “I’m proud of our employees for working toward our safety vision of zero incidents of any kind. Every worker deserves to go home safely every day.”

Globally, Peabody achieved a 1.82 safety rate per 200,000 hours worked, a 9% improvement from 2011 levels. The President’s Award for Safety is Peabody’s highest safety honor for its Americas platform.