NMA announced in January that 28 companies participating in its CORESafety® system closed 2017 with zero fatalities. Those companies include:
Cloud Peak Energy Resources, LLC
Freeport-McMoRan Copper and Gold
Hecla Mining Company
Newmont Mining Corporation
Arch Coal, Inc.
Barrick Gold of North America
CONSOL Energy Inc.
Contura Energy, Inc.
Hallador Energy Company
J.R. Simplot Company
Kinross Gold USA, Inc.
Navajo Energy Transitional Energy Co.
North American Coal Corporation
Prairie State Generating Company, LLC
Rio Tinto Minerals
Rio Tinto/Kennecott Utah Copper
Stillwater Mining Company
Teck American Incorporated
Trapper Mining Inc.
Usibelli Coal Mine, Inc.
Warrior Met Coal
Western Fuels Association, Inc
“The CORESafety® framework is designed to drive continuous improvement in mining safety performance was born out of an industry desire to set aside competition, foster a proactive safety culture among mining companies and share best practices to protect its people,” said Hal Quinn, NMA President and Chief Executive Officer. “We’re seeing more and more companies certified, and this important milestone – zero fatalities – shows that the hard work that goes into implementation pays off in the most important way.”
In 2011, the members of NMA came together to create CORESafety®, a risk-based safety management system whose objective is zero fatalities and a 50 percent reduction in mining’s injury rate within five years of implementation. CORESafety® offers a management system approach to mine safety that has won international recognition among safety experts. Its innovative approach departs from the conventional “top-down-one-size-fits-all” model to favor a scalable framework for operations of all sizes.
This important achievement comes despite a regrettable increase in fatalities industrywide from 2016 to 2017. The safety progress from CORESafety® is a reminder that the mining industry is committed to improving safety and companies are continuously working on ways to prevent accidents and injuries.