Safety is a guiding principle at Arch Coal and our subsidiary
operations. Our top priority is making sure that every miner returns
home safe and healthy at the end of every shift. For the most recent
calendar year (2012), our lost-time incident rate of 0.72 was our
best safety rate on record and three times lower than the industry
average of 2.35 lost-time injuries per 200,000 hours worked. 2012
marked the seventh consecutive year Arch ranked first among our
major diversified coal industry peers in safety. (*Source: MSHA Coal
Controlling Report, MSHA Mine Injury and Worktime)
Award-Winning, Proactive Safety Practices
Over the years, we have been recognized for safety, including
MSHA's top national honor - the
Sentinels of Safety Award
- in 2001, 2007, 2008 and two in 2011.
We believe our accomplishments are a testament to Arch's deep-rooted
culture of treating safety as a value and the strong participation
of our employees in the process.
The ultimate goal of the Arch Coal family of companies is to
achieve A Perfect Zero. With an industry leading rate and a
focus on prevention, we strive for zero safety incidents every
Our mines adopted a behavior-based safety program (BBS) in 2006
that enlists virtually every one of our 6,400 employees to identify
at-risk behaviors before an incident occurs. As a result of BBS and
other proactive, upstream safety measures, Arch is the safety leader
among our peer group of diversified, U.S. coal companies.
Working safely enables Arch to continue doing what we do best:
mining coal responsibly and efficiently.