SHERIDAN — The miners at the Spring Creek Coal Mine recently reached a major safety milestone as of the end of last month. Workers there have completed more than one million hours of labor without a Mine Safety and Health Administration reportable injury. Cloud Peak Energy officials have touted the achievement as a significant victory for Montana’s biggest coal mine.
Spokesperson Rick Curtsinger said an MSHA-reportable injury can be less severe than a Lost Time Accident, and could include smaller injures that do not require an employee to miss work. He also said it took the mine approximately 500 working days to accumulate one million accident-free labor hours.
Cloud Peak Energy President and CEO Colin Marshall congratulated the workers along with the mine’s general manager, Dave Schwend.
“This outstanding achievement took vigilance and dedication by each employee during every shift. Safety is a core value at Cloud Peak Energy, and we believe there is no reason for anyone to be harmed mining coal,” Marshall said in a press release.
Director of Health, Safety and Training Marc Ostrem said operational safety is integrated into every level of the mine’s labor force, and he attributes the recent milestone to a culture of safe operating.
Last year, the Spring Creek Mine produced 17.2 tons of coal.