The U.S. Department of Labor Mine Safety and Health Administration’s mine rescue competitions are designed to sharpen the skills and test the knowledge of members who will be called on in the event of a mine emergency. Each year, mine rescue teams (MRTs) from around the country compete in regional competitions where mining companies come together to share best practices and enhance the industry’s mine rescue preparedness.
This year, Newmont’s Carlin Team and Portals Team took part in the Nevada Regional Mine Rescue contest, held in Winnemucca, NV in the spring. The contest featured four individual events: a technical competition, a first aid competition, a team trainer competition and a field competition – each of which included a written examination.
The Portals Team made a good first impression and worked well as a team to complete each of the challenges. While they may not have taken home any medals, they walked away from the contest with valuable hands-on experience and enhanced life saving skills.
Newmont’s Carlin MRT, last year’s national champions in first aid and overall mine rescue, placed first in all categories including best overall team. Team member Rob Carter was also recognized as the only participant to score 100 percent on the first aid written test. The Carlin team will move on to represent the State of Nevada in the National Metal/Nonmetal Mine Rescue contest in 2018.
Congratulations to both teams for your hard work and dedication to safety. To learn more about Newmont’s commitment to industry leading health, safety and security, visit our annual sustainability report, Beyond the Mine.