Nevada Mining Association announces 2019 operator safety awards

RENO — The Nevada Mining Association (NvMA) is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2019 Mine Operator Safety Awards. 

The awards celebrate Nevada’s mining operations that make an extraordinary effort to ensure that all miners return home safely after every shift. Awards will be presented during the NvMA’s 41st annual convention in September.

“Nevada mine operators continue to demonstrate that workplace safety is the most important value,” said Dana Bennett, NvMA President. “The Safety Awards reflect the strong safety culture that Nevada operators have created, where working hard and working safely go hand in glove. Congratulations to all of the mine operators receiving these much-deserved awards this year.”

The NvMA Safety Awards are based on performance in the previous calendar year. 

This year, 34 mine operators will be recognized during an awards luncheon at the NVMA’s annual convention in Lake Tahoe on Saturday, Sept. 7.

Operator awards are given to the top mines in designated categories based on their safety rate, which is calculated through a formula that factors the number of employees on site, number of hours worked in 2018, penalties for lost-time accidents, number of reportable incidents, and lost-time days.

Many of these 34 mines recorded the impressive “triple zero” — no reportable injuries, lost time incidents or restrictive days. 

In 2018, Nevada mines recorded a total of 28.3 million work hours at 224 mine sites across the state, and 87% of those sites had incident rates that were below the national average. 

In addition to the operator awards, the NvMA will also recognize 53 individuals for their commitment to workplace safety. The recipients of the Individual Safety Awards were announced in June.

Attached is the full list of NvMA Operator Safety Awards winners.

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2019 NvMA Safety Awards recipients

Large Metal:

  1. Barrick Goldstrike

2. Phoenix Newmont Mining Corp. 

3. Round Mountain Kinross Gold Corporation

Medium Metal:

1. Emigrant Newmont Mining Corp. 

1. Mill 6 Newmont Mining Corp. 

2. Long Canyon Newmont Mining Corp. 

3. Genesis Newmont Mining Corp. 

Small Metal: 

1. Lone Tree Newmont Mining Corp. 

1. Pan Mine GRP Pan

1. Bald Mountain KG Mining


Underground Large:

1. Barrick Cortez Underground

2. Barrick Meikle

3. Leeville Newmont Mining Corp. 


Underground Medium:

1. SSX Mine Small Mine Development

2. Exodus Newmont Mining Corp

Underground Small:

1. Midas Hecla Nevada

1. Chukar Newmont Mining Corp. 

1. Enfield Bell Mine Jerritt Canyon Gold

1. Twin Underground Newmont Mining Corp. 


1. Sloan Quarry Aggregate Industries

1. Lockwood Quarry Granite Construction 

1. Mustang Quarry Q&D Construction


1. Pilot Peak Graymont Western US

1. Greystone Mine M-I Swanco

1. Colado Mine EP Minerals

1. Adams Claim ACG Materials

1. Amargosa Quarry and Plant

Lhoist North America

1. Pabco Mine PABCO Building Products


1. Nevada Operations Ledcor

1. Nevada Operations Brahma Group, Inc.

1. Twin Creek Underground Small Mine Development

1. Nevada Operations American Mining & Tunneling

1. Leeville Small Mine Development

1. Gold Bar N.A. Degerstrom