Skip to main content
You have permission to edit this article.
NMA announces 2021 Operator Safety Awards
alert top story

NMA announces 2021 Operator Safety Awards

  • 0
Carlin Mine Rescue Team

The Carlin Mine Rescue Team competes at the 2016 National Mine Rescue Contest in Reno.

RENO — The Nevada Mining Association has announced the recipients of its 2021 Mine Operator Safety Awards. The awards celebrate Nevada’s mining operations that make an extraordinary commitment to workplace safety.

“Nevada mining continues to set the bar high when it comes to workplace safety,” said Tyre Gray, NVMA president. “It is one thing to talk about every worker going home healthy after their shift, but another to put it into practice. These 25 mine operators consistently do just that and represent the best of the best. Congratulations to all!”

The NVMA Safety Awards are based on performance in the previous calendar year. 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 2020, penalties for lost-time accidents, number of reportable incidents, and lost-time days. Many recipients recorded the impressive “triple zero” – no reportable injuries, lost time incidents, or restrictive days.

In 2020, Nevada mines recorded a total of 27 million work hours at 225 mine sites across the state. This year, 25 mine operators in total received an award.

In addition to the operator awards, the NVMA also recognized 37 individuals for their commitment to workplace safety. The recipients of the Individual Safety Awards were announced in July. Both categories will be recognized during an awards ceremony at the Nevada Mining Association Convention.


Large Surface

1st: Goldstrike, Nevada Gold Mines

2nd: Cortez District, Nevada Gold Mines

3rd: South Area, Nevada Gold Mines

Medium Surface

1st: Mill 6, Nevada Gold Mines

1st: Bald Mountain, Kinross Gold Mining

1st: Roaster Operations, Nevada Gold Mines

Small Surface

1st: Enfield Bell, Jerritt Canyon Gold

1st: Lone Tree, Nevada Gold Mines

1st: Ruby Hill, Ruby Hill Mining Company

Underground Large

Support Local Journalism

Your membership makes our reporting possible.

1st: Cortez District-Underground, Nevada Gold Mines

2nd: Meikle, Nevada Gold Mines

3rd: Turquoise Ridge, Nevada Gold Mines

Underground Medium

1st: Pete Bajo, Nevada Gold Mines

2nd: SSX, Small Mine Development

3rd: Pumpkin Hollow, Nevada Copper

Underground Small

1st: Lee Smith Mine, Small Mine Development

1st: Goldrush, Nevada Gold Mines

1st: Twin Underground, Nevada Gold Mines


1st: Sloan Quarry, Aggregate Industries

1st: Lockwood Quarry, Granite Construction

1st: Spanish Springs Quarry, Pyramid Materials


1st: Colado Operation, US Silica Company

1st: Adams Claim, Arcosa Specialty Materials

1st: Fenley Operations, US Silica Company

1st: PABCO Gypsum Apex Quarry, PABCO Building Products

Editor's note: The Nevada Mining Association Convention scheduled for September at Lake Tahoe has been postponed because of the Caldor Fire.


Be the first to know

* I understand and agree that registration on or use of this site constitutes agreement to its user agreement and privacy policy.

Related to this story

Most Popular

The warehouse was built to supply all Newmont operations but was operated by Cat Logistics until 2012, and then by Neoria Logistics until 2014, when Newmont took over operations. Now, Barrick is over the warehouse as the NGM operator.

Diane Watson, who retired as a MSHA supervisory special investigator in December 2019, recently visited with the Mining Minds podcast hosts and talked about how she got into mining, her long-time interest in safety, and her years with MSHA.

Some NGM mines have been using autonomous mining equipment underground since 2017. The mine operator continues to evaluate emerging autonomous technology to determine applicability in its portfolio—the largest gold-mining complex in the world.

About three years ago, the environmental and geotechnical consulting practice turned special attention to Nevada by organizing a team of experts to assist with jobs ranging from mine permitting to closure

Commodity values, taxes, and regulations all change, and the larger the stockpile, the greater the risk that a today’s ore may not be profitable 10 years from now.

Get up-to-the-minute news sent straight to your device.


News Alerts

Breaking News