Peabody Energy's Rawhide Mine has earned the "safe sam" safety award from the Wyoming Mining Association and the Wyoming State Inspector for Mines for Best 2011 safety performance among Powder River Basin coal mining operations of comparable size.

The award was presented at the Wyoming Mining Association's annual meeting at Jackson Lake Lodge. Rawhide, located in the southern Powder River Basin, was honored in the small mine category for working a full year without a lost time incident. Rawhide shipped 15 million tons of coal in 2011.

The award comes on the heels of Rawhide winning the 2011 Peabody Energy Presidents Award, which recognizes the company's safest surface and underground mine operations.

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