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Mining People Magazine

Newmont Mines Recognized for

Outstanding Safety Performance




celebrated two of its operations in

Nevada receiving the Sentinels of

Safety Award

for outstanding safety

performance in 2017. In the Large

Open Pit Facility Group, the company’s

Genesis operation was recognized and

for the Large Underground Metal Facility

Group, the Exodus operation received

the award.

Initiated in 1925 by then Commerce

Secretary Herbert Hoover, a former

mining engineer, the Sentinels of Safety

Award program remains the nation’s

most prestigious recognition of mine

safety and has helped foster a strong

safety commitment on the part of

US.mines. Sentinels of Safety recognize

the safest mines in the country – those

that record the most hours in a calendar

year without a single lost-time injury. A

minimum of 4,000 hours is required for

award consideration.

“With all of the challenges we faced at

Genesis, we are extremely proud of the

Carlin operation’s safety performance for

the year,” said Mike Schaffer who was the

General Manager of the Carlin Surface

Operations in 2017. “This award is about

our employees knocking it out of the park

when it comes to safety performance. It

is noteworthy that this is the second time

the Genesis operation has received the

Sentinels of Safety Award, first earning it

in 2015.”

Representatives from Newmont North

America joined the National Mining

Association (NMA) and industry peers

at the annual Sentinels of Safety awards

presentation in Washington, DC.

“There is nothing more important than

the health and wellbeing of our team, the

great people that make up our business,”

noted Andrew Woodley, Newmont

North America Regional Senior Vice

President. “I am pleased and impressed

with the efforts across all of Newmont to

continue improving our safety culture and

particularly congratulate those at Exodus

and Genesis for receiving this well-

deserved and very significant national

safety recognition.”

The original Genesis mine, located in the

Carlin North Area, completed operations

in 2000. Drilling a few years later showed

that the deposit continued at depth. In

2002, reserves were declared again in

the Genesis district and permits were

approved to resume mining in 2011.

The Exodus underground mine began

development in September 2008 and

commercial production was achieved

two years later. In July of 2018, Newmont

completed the Northwest Exodus

underground mine extension safely,

ahead of schedule and within budget.

Carlin Underground General Manager

Dave Thornton credited Newmont’s

Safety Journey with fostering a safety

culture where employees place health

and safety ahead of everything else.

“Although the team is extremely proud

to receive this award we are most proud

of the safety culture that has taken hold

at the mine, with the key focus being

everyone going home safe and healthy

every day. Vital Behaviors, the Near

Miss program, Talking Safety and other

programs ensure that every member of

our team has the tools, the knowledge,

and the commitment to do their job


Carlin Team Back row from left: Ron

Snellings, Tyson Young, David Zatezalo,

Assistant Secretary for Mine Safety &

Health at U.S. Department of Labor,

Andrew Woodley, Dave Thonton, Steve

Johnson, Hal Quinn, President, National

Mining Association

Front: Mike Schaffner, Sam Marich, Lance

Stillman, and Graden Colby