Safety

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 (2013), our total incident rate was our second-best safety rate on record and three times lower than the industry average of 3.36 incidents per 200,000 hours worked. 2013 marked the eighth 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 - for calendar year 2001, 2007, 2008 and two for 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 year.

 
Our mines adopted a behavior-based safety program (BBS) in 2006 that enlists virtually every one of our 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.