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

Haile Gold Mine: Safety Comes First

Located in between two former gold mines – the Ridgeway Mine and the Brewer Mine – the Haile Gold Mine has a rich history dating back to the early 1800s. The property has been mined and re-mined for nearly 200 years. Discovered in 1827 by Benjamin Haile in Lancaster County, S.C., the mine was one of... Read More

Improving Mine Safety and Health

How Komatsu is Increasing Safety Through Innovation

Komatsu has been providing the mining industry with innovative technologies to enhance safety for the better part of a century. Standard-setting developments include the company’s Autonomous Haulage System (AHS) and personal proximity detection system. Since it became commercially available 10 years... Read More

Kinross Gold Kicks off 2018 with CORESafety Certification

In 2018, Kinross Gold Corporation received independent certification under NMA’s CORESafety® system. Kinross, one of the leading gold mining companies in the world, is the eighth NMA member company to complete each step of this process and the first company to do so in 2018. “Kinross is very proud... Read More

Kinross Gold Receives the U.S. Mining Industry’s Top Safety Certification

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Mining Association (NMA) today recognized Kinross Gold Corporation for receiving independent certification under its CORESafety® system. Kinross, one of the leading gold mining companies in the world, is the eighth NMA member company to complete each step of this process. “We... Read More

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

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

Freeport-McMoRan Receives NMA’s CORESafety® Certification

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Mining Association (NMA) today recognized Freeport-McMoRan’s achievement of independent certification under its CORESafety® system. Freeport-McMoRan joins six other companies in receiving independent certification under NMA’s signature safety initiative. “We congratulate... 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

Dyno Nobel, Inc. Receives NMA’s CORESafety Certification

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Mining Association (NMA) today recognized Dyno Nobel’s achievement of independent certification under its CORESafety® system. Dyno Nobel Inc., a global manufacturer of explosives, is the first non-mining company to receive independent certification under NMA’s signature... Read More

Coeur Mining Receives NMA’s CORESafety Certification

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Mining Association (NMA) today recognized Coeur Mining, Inc. for receiving independent certification under its CORESafety® system. “NMA congratulates Coeur Mining on this noteworthy achievement,” said Hal Quinn, president and CEO of NMA. “Coeur has proven it is fully... Read More

Newmont Mining Receives Top Mining Industry Safety Certification

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Mining Association (NMA) today recognized Newmont Mining Corporation for receiving independent certification under its CORESafety® system. “We congratulate Newmont on this noteworthy achievement and want to recognize and thank Gary Goldberg for his role in the development... Read More

U.S. Mines Complete Safest Year Ever, Besting Last Year’s Record

Washington, D.C. – 2016 marks the safest year ever for American miners. Together, coal mines and metal/non-metal mines last year recorded the lowest fatality and injury rates in the history of U.S. mining – a sign of continuous improvement for an industry that saw a record low the previous year. The... 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

Cloud Peak Energy Receives CORESafety® Certification

Washington, D.C.—The National Mining Association (NMA) today recognized Cloud Peak Energy for receiving independent certification under its CORESafety® system. The CORESafety framework is a mining safety and health program that emphasizes accident prevention using a risk-based management system,... Read More

Peabody First to Receive Top Mining Industry Safety Certification

LAS VEGAS, NEV.—The National Mining Association (NMA) today recognized Peabody for being the first company to be independently certified under its CORESafety® system. “This is a significant accomplishment by Peabody,” said Hal Quinn, president and chief executive officer of NMA. “The company not only... Read More

NMA Honors U.S. Mine Safety and Technology Leaders

Twenty Mines Receive NMA’s 2015 "Sentinels of Safety" and NIOSH Technology Awards LAS VEGAS – Nineteen American mining operations – six coal mines and 13 mineral/metal mines – are the recipients of the National Mining Association’s "Sentinels of Safety” awards in recognition of their outstanding mine... 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