Along with our commitment to Newmont’s core values of integrity, sustainability, inclusion and responsibility, the safety, health and wellbeing of our employees is central to the ongoing success of our business.
All Newmont employees understand our drive to achieve zero harm and that it remains a core value on and off the jobsite. For Ken Braaten, a member of Newmont’s Carlin Mine Rescue Team (MRT) in Nevada, that means ensuring “my family and the families of my crewmates never get a call from Newmont that will cause them pain or suffering.”
While preventing accidents is a central focus, employees also practice responding to them when they occur. MRT members, like Braaten, train regularly, “so in the event we are needed, we are prepared.” On the job, that may mean extinguishing underground fires, treating injuries or teaching co-workers basics such as CPR.
Being a Newmont MRT member is a commitment that also equips employees with valuable skills for everyday life. In fact, many of our MRTs volunteer their time away from the job as first responders in nearby communities.
Robert Canter, a mobile maintenance mechanic at our Carlin operations in Nevada, worked with Elko County’s ambulance service for 10 years, “using the skills and training from mine rescue to keep accident scenes safe, as well as providing good patient care.” Likewise, miner Kelly Gillespie applies her MRT skills to help treat on-field sports injuries. Whether in an ambulance, on the playing field or at a volunteer fire department, Newmont employees carry their training and commitment to safety with them around the clock.
MRT member Spencer Whitaker, an underground mining electrician, calls it a “mentality” of safety. And it’s not limited to MRT volunteers. In fact, MRT members motivate all Newmont employees to pay attention to the details and to be ready when accidents happen. Jeromy Holland, another electrician, recalls that a non-rescue Newmont employee, who had learned CPR on the job, saved a “random stranger walking down the street.” Others have helped friends and family – injured on the baseball diamond, for example, or choking on food at a barbecue.
Newmont’s mine rescue teams are ready to respond to first aid, technical and field challenges – in the mine and in the community. They’re there to help co-workers, and they play important supporting roles with regional emergency crews and mining companies in need. They take tremendous pride in what they do, and epitomize Newmont’s commitment to continuous improvement and improving lives through sustainable and responsible mining.