Peabody, which alongside the National Mining Association (NMA) helped to develop the 20-element system to aid operators in emphasizing a leadership culture to engage employees to prevent accidents, was recognized for the achievement during the Sentinels of Safety luncheon and ceremony September 27 at MINExpo International in Las Vegas.

Certification was achieved following an independent audit of Peabody’s safety and health system and implementation across Peabody’s global platform.

Peabody President and CEO Glenn Kellow said safety is the company’s first value and core to its mission.

“We are passionate about safety and have embraced best practices and management tools that advance safety within the lens of our longstanding Safety – A Way of Life system,” Kellow said. “By investing in our people, processes and equipment, we have changed the way in which we work, which is an important step on our journey of continuous safety improvement.”

“This is a significant accomplishment by Peabody,” added NMA President and CEO Hal Quinn. “The company not only embraced an approach to drive continuous performance improvement that went above and beyond what is required of it by regulations, but it analyzed where it could do better, developed a plan, recorded metrics and submitted the results to a third-party auditor.”

Peabody’s company-wide, global incidence rate in 2015 was a record 1.25.