Problem found with crusher at Peabody mine

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 24, 2014 at 10:16 am •  Published: January 24, 2014

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — A Gillette-area coal mine had to temporarily stop work near one of its crushers because of a problem found during an inspection last week.

The Gillette News-Record ( ) reports that an inspector found too much coal and coal dust in a crusher facility at Peabody Energy's North Antelope Rochelle mine. Miners were doing so-called "hot work" such as welding and cutting there, which posed a risk of igniting the coal.

The St. Louis-based company reported the problem in a filing on Wednesday with the Security and Exchange Commission.

The crusher wasn't being used at the time and Peabody says the problem was corrected within five hours. Mining wasn't affected.