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Nevada Mining Association Honors Industry’s Top Safety Advocates with 2013 Safety Awards

The Nevada Mining Association (NVMA) has released its 2013 Safety Awards honorees as the organization continues to provide mine operations throughout the state with valuable best practices and strategies for fostering safety on mine sites. The 2013 honorees are a select group whose efforts emulate the industry-wide motto to send every mining employee home safe and healthy after every shift.


“The mining industry’s complete devotion to safety is something I’m proud to discuss with individuals statewide on a daily basis,” said Tim Crowley, NVMA president. “From implementing the latest safety technologies to monitoring the everyday health of employees as they work their shifts, mining operators throughout Nevada have fully committed themselves to making safety their highest priority, and the NVMA would like to thank these devoted organizations and individuals through our 2013 Safety Awards.”


The NVMA Safety Awards are given annually to both mine operators and individual mining employees in several categories, and data for the 2013 awards is based on performance in the 2012 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, 19 awards will be given to mine operators and 38 awards will be given to individual employees during an event at NVMA’s annual convention in Lake Tahoe on Saturday, Sept. 7. The full list of NVMA 2013 Safety Awards winners can be found below.


Mine Operators Safety Awards

Surface Operations:

Large – 300+ employees

First: Newmont Mining Corporation – Twin Creeks & Sage Mill

Second: Newmont Mining Corporation – South Area

Third: Barrick Gold of North America – Goldstrike


Medium – 100-299 employees

First: Coeur D’Alene – Rochester Mine

Second: Barrick Gold of North America – Goldstrike Mine, Autoclave/Mill

Third: Newmont Mining Corporation – Genesis


Small – 20-99 employees

First: Newmont Mining Corporation – Lone Tree

Second: Scorpio Gold – Mineral Ridge


Underground Operations:

Large – 300+ employees

First:  Barrick Gold of North America – Turquoise Ridge

Second: Newmont Mining Corporation – Leeville

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


Medium – 100-299 employees

First: Barrick Gold of North America – Cortez

Second: Newmont Mining Corporation – Midas

Non-Metal Mining Category

First: EP Minerals – Colado

Second: Granite Construction – Nevada Operations

Third: EP Minerals Clark Mill & Mine


Contractors Category

First: Ames Construction – Nevada Operations

Second:  Brahma Group Inc. – Nevada Operations

Third: Bodell Construction – Nevada Operations


Individual Safety Awards

General Manager:

Nigel Bain – Barrick Gold North America


Safety Manager:

Colt Nelson, Barrick Gold North America


Safety Professional:

Doug Longchamps, Goldcorp Inc.

Terry Sandy, Barrick Turquoise Ridge

Kenny Groves, Barrick Cortez

Jennica Fitzgerald – Newmont Mining Corporation


Mine Manager/Superintendent:

Joseph Lounsbery, Newmont Mining Corporation

Chuck Pollard, Barrick Goldstrike Mines Inc.

Chris Swanson, Round Mountain Gold Corporation

Jon Laird, Barrick Turquoise Ridge

Byron Hammond, Newmont Mining Corporation


General Supervisor/Middle Management:

Mark Wonenberg, Barrick Goldstrike Mines Inc.

Al Smith, Allied Nevada Gold Corporation

Pat Donovan, Newmont Mining Corporation



Tom King, Barrick Turquoise Ridge

Jesse Hill, Newmont Mining Corporation

Matt Rucker, Barrick Cortez



Perseo Anaya, Goldcorp Inc.

Tom Thornton, Goldcorp Inc.

Cody Horton, Newmont Mining Corporation

Greg Jones, Newmont Mining Corporation

Mark Jenkins, Newmont Mining Corporation


Non-Supervisory Trainer:

Scott Cross, Goldcorp Inc.

Dave Rascon, Round Mountain Gold Corporation

David Ricker, Newmont Mining Corporation


Non-Supervisory Emergency Response:

Greg Teixeira, Round Mountain Gold Corporation

Ron Snellings, Newmont Mining Corporation

Jack Simonsen, Barrick Goldstrike Mines Inc.

Glen Mangold, Barrick Cortez



Randy Fentress, Newmont Mining Corporation

Scott Munger, Round Mountain Gold Corporation

Francisco Diaz, Goldcorp Inc.

Joy Lassiter, Barrick Goldstrike Mines Inc.

Heather Hickman, Florida Canyon

Ramon Marin, Barrick Cortez


Special Awards:

Tom Bassier, Outstanding Career in Safety

Chet Bate, Outstanding Career in Safety

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