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Cat D11T sports teal and purple look for mental health

A team at US coal miner Peabody Energy decided to highlight the important issue of mental health in the industry recently by giving a Cat D11T dozer a makeover

Based at the company’s North Antelope Rochelle Mine in Wyoming – the largest coal mine in the world – the Cat D11T dozer was put together and painted black, teal and purple by maintenance technicians Jason Snyder and Corey Boyd.

Throughout this month, which is National Suicide Prevention Month in the US, the dozer has been raising money for local suicide prevention efforts. Peabody says it will donate to local organisations for all of the cubic yards of material the dozer moves throughout the month. The company estimates that it can move between 10,000 and 12,000 cubic yards (7,646 to 9,175 cubic metres) per day.

It is also acting as an education tool to help point people towards mental health resources, with a QR code leading to Campbell County Prevention Council’s website and a hotline number for those who need urgent care. Employees of North Antelope Rochelle Mine are writing the names of friends, family and coworkers who have been lost to suicide on the dozer, highlighting the heavy impact suicide can have in the industry.

“We’re talking about it, it’s not just putting it back to the side, this is bringing it to the forefront,” Snyder said in an interview with local newspaper The Sheridan Press.

In Australia, the team at Ram Equipment have been raising awareness of mental health in the construction industry with a black Kobelco excavator called Black Dog, which was used to raise money for the Black Dog Institute back in June.

“Construction workers face unique mental health challenges and we need to address them as a community,” Ram Equipment managing director Kevin Grace says.

“Together, we can make a difference and create a culture of mental wellness in the construction industry.”

For further resources on mental health support in the mining and construction industries, visit:

For urgent support, call Lifeline on 13 11 14.

All photos courtesy of Peabody Energy
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