Nevada Mining Association announces ‘Operator safety awards’ recipients

The Nevada Mining Association announced the recipients of its 2022 Mine Operator Safety awards, which celebrate Nevada’s mining operators demonstrating an unparalleled commitment to workplace safety.

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 2021, 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 delays. 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 June. Both categories will be recognized during an awards ceremony at the Nevada Mining Association Convention in September. For more information, visit
The 2022 NVMA Operator Safety Awards recipients include:
Large Surface 
First: Mill/Autoclave Operations – Nevada Gold Mines
Second: Goldstrike – Nevada Gold Mines
Third: Phoenix – Nevada Gold Mines

Medium Surface 
First: Roaster Operations – Nevada Gold Mines
Second: Mill 6 – Nevada Gold Mines
Third: Long Canyon – Nevada Gold Mines

Small Surface 
First: Ruby Hill – Ruby Hill Mining Company
First: Lone Tree – i-80 Gold Corp.
First: Enfield Bell – First Majestic Silver Corp.

Underground Large 
First: Cortez District UG – Nevada Gold Mines
Second: Leeville – Nevada Gold Mines
Third: Meikle – Nevada Gold Mines

Underground Medium
First: Pumpkin Hollow East – Nevada Copper Inc.
First: Lee Smith – Small Mine Development
Second: SSX – Small Mine Development
Underground Small 
First: Twin Underground – Nevada Gold Mines
First: Fire Creek – Hecla Mining
First: Hollister – Hecla Mining
First: El Nino – Nevada Gold Mines

First: 3D Concrete – Dayton Materials
First: Ames Backfill Crusher – Ames Construction
First: Mustang Quarry – Q&D Construction
First: Lockwood Quarry – Granite Construction Company
First: Spanish Springs – Pyramid Materials
Second: Sloan Quarry – Holcim SWR

First: Leeville Operations – Small Mine Development

First: Apex Quarry and Plant – Lhoist North America
First: Adams Claim – Arcosa Specialty Materials
First: Empire – Empire Mining Company
First: Colado – U.S. Silica Company
First: Fernley Operations – U.S. Silica Company
First: Clark Operations – U.S. Silica Company

Special Recognition Award – 10 years, Zero Harm: 
First: Backfill Crusher – Ames Construction


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