Newmont’s Mine Rescue Teams Stay Prepared with Practice
At every Newmont operation, whether surface or underground, there are emergency response teams that participate in specialized training and mock drills. Where available our teams may also test their preparedness, skills and speed against industry peers in mine rescue competitions.
Mine rescue contests are designed to sharpen skills and test the knowledge of team members who would be called on to respond to a mine emergency. Each contest requires that the mine rescue team (MRT) members solve a hypothetical problem while being timed and observed by judges, who enforce complex requirements.
In July, at the 2016 National Metal and Nonmetal Mine Rescue Contest in Reno, Nevada, members from Newmont’s Carlin MRT beat out 35 teams from 16 states nationwide to finish national champions in first aid and first overall champions. The event was Co-Hosted by the U.S Department of Labors Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) and the Nevada Mining Association.
Mike Peck, Newmont’s Regional Emergency Response Manager, underlines the importance of the contests: “These competitions put our skills to the test and give the team confidence to share safety leadership with their peers in the workplace.”
Teams compete in three types of events – field, medical and technical. They are placed in mock emergency scenarios, such as a mine fire, explosion or roof collapse, and are judged on their ability to do things such as coordinating a search party, administering first aid to an injured miner, or properly using breathing equipment and gas monitors.
The following MSHA video shows footage from this year’s competition and gives viewers a good idea of just how serious competing teams take mine safety: