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Nevada Mining Association’s 2014 Safety Awards Honorees Highlight an Industry-Wide Commitment to Safe Mining Operations

Reno, Nev. – The Nevada Mining Association’s (NVMA) 2014 Safety Awards honor the individuals and operators throughout the mining industry dedicated to fostering a culture of safety throughout their mine site and supporting the industry-wide credo to send every mining employee home safe and healthy after every shift.

“This year’s honorees have spent the past year teaching, drilling and applying best practices related to safety on the mine site, and it’s time to pay tribute to their dedication to safety,” said Tim Crowley, NVMA president. “Every single employee on a mine site plays a pivotal role in ensuring Nevada mines are safe. These awards recognize those companies and professionals that stand out above all others.”

 The NVMA Safety Awards are given annually to both mine operators and individual mining employees in several categories, and data for the 2014 awards is based on performance in the 2013 calendar year. 

Operator awards are given to the top three mines in designated categories based on their safety rate, which is calculated by a formula factoring the number of employees on site, number of man hours for that year and penalties for lost-time accidents, number of reportable incidents and lost-time days. Individual awards are selected based on nominations only, and those nominations are judged on both the personal safety record of the individual and that person’s involvement in advocating safety in the workplace.   

This year, 27 awards will be given to mine operators and 44 awards will be given to individual employees during an event at NVMA’s annual convention in Lake Tahoe on Saturday, Sept. 6. The full list of NVMA 2014 Safety Awards winners can be found below.

Mine Operators Safety Awards

Surface Operations:

Large – 300+ employees

First: Round Mountain Gold Corporation – Round Mountain

Second: Barrick Gold of North America - Goldstrike

Third: Newmont Mining Corporation – Phoenix

Medium – 100-299 employees

All of the following operations share first place as they had no reportable injuries in 2013.

Comstock Mining – Comstock Mine

Barrick Gold of North America – Goldstrike Mine, Roaster Operations

Barrick Gold of North America – Ruby Hill

Newmont Mining Corporation – Mill 6

Small – 20-99 employees

First: Waterton Global Mining Company – Esmeralda Mine/Mill

Underground Operations:

Large – 300+ employees

First:  Barrick Gold of North America – Cortez Underground

Second: Barrick Gold of North America – Turquoise Ridge

Third: Barrick Gold of North America – Goldstrike, Meikle/Rodeo

Medium – 100-299 employees

First: Small Mine Development – SSX Mine

Second: Newmont Mining Corporation – Midas Mine

Small – 20-99 employees

First: Small Mine Development – Lee Smith Mine

First: Klondex Gold and Silver Mining – Fire Creek

First: Small Mine Development – Lee Smith Mine

Non-Metal Mining Category

All of the following operations share first place as they had no reportable injuries in 2013.

Art Wilson Company – Adams Claim

Baker Hughes – Argenta Mine and Mill

EP Minerals – Colado Mine

Gypsum Resources – Blue Diamond Hill

Halliburton Energy Services – Rossi Jig Plant

Halliburton Energy Services – Dunphy Mill

M-I LLC – Greystone Mine

National Oilwell Varco – Nevada Operations

Contractors Category

All of the following operations share first place as they had no reportable injuries in 2013.

American Mining & Tunneling – Fire Creek

Ames Construction – Nevada Operations

J.S. Redpath – Bazza Mine

N.A. Degerstrom – Liberty Shadow Project

Individual Safety Awards

General Manager:

Mark Immonen, J.S. Redpath

Safety Manager:

Simon Pollard, Barrick Gold North America

Safety Professional:

Caleb Trease, Round Mountain Gold Corporation

Chad Chadwell, Barrick Cortez

Chris Torres, Barrick Goldstrike Mines Inc.

Gorden Maxwell, Newmont Mining Corporation

Jim Peterson, Silver Standard Resources, Marigold Mine

Mine Manager/Superintendent:

Jason Hill, Newmont Mining Corporation

Mike Eiselein, Barrick Goldstrike Mines Inc.

General Supervisor/Middle Management:

Byron Bisiaux, Round Mountain Gold Corporation

Demo Herrera, Newmont Mining Corporation

John Reeves, Barrick Cortez

Ray Broadway, Barrick Turquoise Ridge

Troy Hawkins, Allied Nevada Gold Corp.

Trainer:

Bob Hunt, Barrick Turquoise Ridge

Deanna Hall, Round Mountain Gold Corporation

Julio Martin, Allied Nevada Gold Corporation

Supervisor:

Gary Utter, Allied Nevada Gold Corporation

Joe Huelsen, Silver Standard Resources, Marigold Mine

Kim Spear, Newmont Mining Corporation

Lou Elu, Barrick Goldstrike Mines Inc.

Robert Perchetti, Round Mountain Gold Corporation

Non-Supervisory Trainer:

James Van Bryant, Barrick Turquoise Ridge

Kurtis Kay, Barrick Cortez

Neil Serrano, Coeur Mining, Rochester Mine

Non-Supervisory Emergency Response:

Chuck Dickey, Barrick Cortez

Lance Ivory, Barrick Cortez

Toney Powers, Newmont Mining Corporation

Safety Champion

Lee MacDiarmid, Barrick Cortez

DC Larreau, Barrick Goldstrike Mines Inc.

James Hall, Barrick Turquoise Ridge

Sam Schick, Boart Longyear, Twin Creeks Mine

Dennis DeBraga, Coeur Mining, Rochester Mine

Jonathan Haynes, Graymont U.S. Western

Bonnie Upshaw, Round Mountain Gold Corporation

Vincente Ramirez, Round Mountain Gold Corporation

Jim Schmidt, Klondex Mining, Fire Creek

Greg Parker, Klondex Mining, Midas

Cory Mills, Newmont Mining Corporation

Colleen Schaffer, Newmont Mining Corporation

Linsey Burger, Newmont Mining Corporation

Will Frederick, Newmont Mining Corporation

Darrel Green, Silver Standard Resources, Marigold Mine

Special Awards:

Kim Ruiz, Outstanding Career in Safety

About Nevada Mining Association

The Nevada Mining Association is comprised of operating mining companies, exploration companies, suppliers of industry equipment, goods and services, counselors and consultants and individuals interested in the well-being of the industry.  The Association’s objective is to maintain a business and operating environment that will encourage exploration for the development and production of minerals in Nevada using safe and environmentally conscious methods.  For more information, log on to www.nevadamining.org or www.nvmineraleducation.org.

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