Annual Safety Meeting Reinforces Visible Felt Leadership

At Newmont’s Carlin mine in Nevada, Vital Behaviors – an employee-driven program – is reinforcing safe workplace strategies through leadership influence and proactive motivation. Last month, roughly 150 influencers and opinion leaders from all of Carlin’s Vital Behaviors groups gathered for a full day of safety-related exercises and activities at the Elko Convention Center.

Newmont’s leaders are in a unique position to make decisions and dedicate resources that impact our safety culture and performance. To kick off the morning session, team leaders shared their safety-interaction experiences as well as ideas about managing and minimizing risks on site. Participants were captured on video sharing their written reasons for leading others in safety. The exercise helped to highlight the influence that department heads and management have in bringing attention to unsafe situations.

Later in the day, participants were divided into small groups and tasked with building a bicycle from its separate parts. The activity was designed to emulate day-to-day group interactions on site and give employees an opportunity to practice safe interactions while working together on a challenging exercise. The completed bikes were donated to families of the Nevada National Guard.

Guest speaker Sergeant Dylan Gray, a Paralympic snowboarder and engineering student, offered employees advice on staying positive and highlighted the importance of safety training for people who work closely together.  

The Carlin Vital Behaviors coordinators were pleased with the level of engagement from the attendees, adding that management support, interaction, participation and attendance was the best yet. “The annual All Carlin Vital Behaviors meeting started as an opportunity for the different sites to come together and share the successes and failures they had experienced at their sites,” said Ken Braaten, Leeville Vital Behaviors Coordinator.”It has now become so much more – training, motivation, recognition, idea sharing, networking and an opportunity for our managers to interact with the folks driving change in our culture on site.”

To learn more about Newmont’s efforts to prevent fatalities and serious injuries, visit our 2016 Beyond the Mine report.


  1. This is a great move worthy of emulation by all corporate leaders.
    management leading by example

    • We couldn’t agree more, Blay! Thanks for sharing.

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