Improving Mine Safety and Health

The safety and health of our workers and colleagues is a core value of the mining industry.

CORESafety®: Committed to Excellence in Mining Safety is an initiative developed and led by the members of the National Mining Association to achieve an aggressive safety goal of eliminating fatalities and reducing mining’s injury rate by 50 percent over the next five years through implementation of safety and health management systems.

Today’s mining companies recognize that continuous performance improvement necessary to achieve the goals of zero fatalities and injuries means going beyond what’s required by regulations.

To accelerate the pace of mine safety improvement, we have taken voluntary steps to implement best practices that encourage a “culture of safety.” Risk assessment processes identify safety controls to eliminate or minimize the impacts of hazards. By identifying and eliminating potential hazards, and deploying state-of-the-art technology, American mining has developed an award-winning safety framework that is bringing more miners home safely after every shift. The CORESafety® system has been endorsed by the Society of Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration and received the 2015 five-star distinction award from the International Safety, Quality and Environment Management Association.

Over the past 15 years, our commitment to safety has led to a 56 percent cut in the rate of injuries in U.S. mines and a 63 percent reduction in the fatal injury rate. More can and will be done.

Member Feature Story

NMA Members Finish Year with Safety Milestone

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 Coeur Mining Dyno Nobel Freeport-McMoRan Copper and Gold Hecla Mining Company Newmont Mining Corporation Peabody... Read More

Improving Mine Safety and Health

North American Coal: Leading the Industry in Mine Safety Excellence

North American Coal believes that the health and safety of all employees directly relates to its business success. As a result, safety is North American Coal’s top priority in everything it does. The company has established itself as an industry leader in mining safety − having consistently achieved... Read More

Dyno Nobel, Inc.: Showcasing Safety Excellence Far Beyond the Mines

Dyno Nobel recently achieved independent certification under the CORESafety® system. Dyno Nobel Inc., a global manufacturer of explosives, is the first non-mining company to receive independent certification. “Dyno Nobel is proud to achieve this level of safety certification, and reaffirms our core... Read More

Coeur Mining: Achieving Safety Milestones in All Aspects of Operating

The National Mining Association recently recognized Coeur Mining, Inc. for receiving independent certification under its CORESafety® system. Coeur is the fifth NMA member company to complete the process. “We are committed to the well-being of everyone who sets foot on our mines or projects,” said... Read More

Cloud Peak: Reaching New Health and Safety Milestones

2016 was a great year for Cloud Peak Energy’s safety record. As of the end of November, there were only two recordable or reportable injuries company wide—down 83 percent when compared to 2015. The dedication put forth by every employee has been incredible. “At the beginning of the May we were at... Read More

Continuously Improving Mine Safety and Health with Barrick Gold

The U.S. mining industry is going beyond what is required by regulation to bring more miners home safely after every shift. The goal? Zero fatalities. Zero injuries. Over the past six years, the people at Barrick Gold’s Turquoise Ridge Joint Venture mine have worked to revolutionize the operation’s... Read More