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2019 AWARD RECIPIENTS

MINE HEALTH & SAFETY AWARDS

OUTSTANDING SAFETY PERFORMANCE 
Colowyo Coal Company L.P., Colowyo Mine

Mountain Coal Company, LLC, West Elk Mine

Newmont Corporation, Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mine

Trapper Mining, Inc., Trapper Mine
Trapper Mining, Inc., Trapper Mine (Honorable Mention)


 

EXCELLENCE IN INNOVATIVE SAFETY TECHNOLOGY


Jonny Oravec, Newmont Corporation, Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mine

 

Description of The Achievement: Ergonomic Design Improvements

An analysis of injury causation has shown a decrease in line-of-fire type events and an increase in sprains and strains at CC&V. Further analysis identified that in many areas the mine has not kept up with basic technological advancements in areas where miners are required to perform various forms of manual handling including lifting, carrying, bending and other repetitive motion. It was determined that if the site was to take the next step in its safety performance ergonomic improvements would need to be made.

 

Project Description:

Identify 8 opportunities to improve ergonomic design to eliminate the potential for sprain and strain type injuries. Opportunities included cleaning of strainers for filter wash water, moving and positioning jacks, lifting GET, connecting light plant trailers, access and maintenance of the screen drive, improving access to the 2020 valve for maintenance work, handling samples in the assay lab sample prep station, and moving toolboxes in the mobile maintenance shop.

 

Description of How the Company Measured the Effectiveness or Success of the Project:

Complete a pre-improvement analysis to determine the potential injury and then perform a post- improvement analysis to capture the updated potential for injury once the new controls were in place. Administrative type improvements were not in scope for this project. This final analysis is attached. For the year there was only one ergonomic related injury and that occurred in January of 2019. Most importantly the injury involved a sore lower back as a result of handling sample bags at the assay lab. This task was captured as an opportunity to improve upon in the ergonomic design project!

 

 

EXCELLENCE IN IMPACTFUL SAFETY TRAINING & BEST PRACTICES

 

Rachel Bretz, Newmont Corporation, Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mine

Rachel started with Cripple Creek & Victor Mine in the Assay Lab working rotating shift, prior to Newmont Rachel has worked at various other hard rock mining sites with several years of experience. After learning the site Rachel applied for a position as the SOS (See It, Own It, Solve It) program that is an opportunity for hourly employees to turn in safety improvement opportunities. Within the first several months of her taking on this position as a sponsor and facilitator, she revived a program that was going downhill. Not only did suggestions increase drastically, but also the amount of outstanding/open items dropped by over 70%. As her ability and knowledge to manage these safety programs were demonstrated daily, it was realized that her potential was not being fully utilized. At this point Rachel stepped up and assisted with the creation of documentation and presentations to roll out to the entire site for Newmont Goldcorp Safety Journey and Vital Behaviors programs. Rachel was an integral portion of the roll out which included scheduling the events, bringing facilitators for training and overseeing the training sessions to ensure that they were performed at a high level.

 

Chad Chess, Newmont Corporation, Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mine

Chad is a Process Foreman for the Cripple Creek & Victor Crushing and Adsorption, Desorption Recovery Plant (ADRs) and currently has seven direct reports.  In 2019, Chad discussed with his team and his direct reports on how we can improve the safety condition especially the housekeeping issues at ADRs and the Crusher. He discussed frequently about how ADR1 can be brought to live to the standard of ADR2. He brought this discussion finally to his mangers and Chad was tasked to bring the ADR1 and most of the old plants back to life- this including remodeling rooms, implementing 5S in many areas of the plant and also come up with options to make tools more readily available for employees while ensure tools are protect and be available to be used at any time. Chad took all these tasks on and completed remodeling and 5S in the crushing and the ADRs plants safely and on time. He also led the Crusher Maintenance and the process mill to complete similar projects in their area. These projects produced safe access to tools for employees and improve the safety culture in the area. These projects were a big boost for morale and went a long way in improving the attitude of the group. Chad has been one of the foremen that has embraced and pushed the initiative of the lineout board, safety interactions with his group and has gone outside his group to challenge them to use this board. With his previous knowledge with lime and the safety of handling lime, Chad asked his supervisor to help train other operators on the lime handling and lime loading and unloading when we commissioned the Milk of Lime at the PSES plant. Chad embraced the hazard around lime and reinforce 30-30-30 Rule during his training with operators and maintenance. The 30-30-30 rule which requires that every employee, no matter how small or routine the job is, should spend 30 seconds of every 30 minutes of work to look at 30 feet away to re-assess what has changes before continuing the work. This rule requires employees to routinely access what could change in the work area on the work requirement every 30 minutes and address it accordingly. Chad did not only embrace this rule, but also made it personal to check in routinely with people in the field and discussed whether this rule was employed during the last 30 minutes of work. This culture encouraged operators and maintenance on the field to take time to re-assess their area with lime loading and unloading. Chad is a very visible and engaging foreman at the work front and demonstrated leadership in safety within ADR and Crusher group. He consistently interacted with his team at the work front, had tough conversations about why work is being performed in a certain way, and challenges the status. Through these efforts the ADR plants did not have a reportable injury in 2019.

 

Jason Toelle, Newmont Corporation, Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mine

Jason is the Maintenance General Foreman for the Cripple Creek & Victor Adsorption, Desorption Recovery Plant (ADRs) the Crushing Facility, Refinery and other maintenance work around the Process Area. Jason embraced the Safety motto of 30-30-30 Rule when introduced in the Process and Fixed Asset Group and he ensured that each member of his team employed those rules during their daily activities. The 30-30-30 rule which requires that every employee, no matter how small or routine the job is, should spend 30 seconds of every 30 minutes of work to look about 30 feet away to re-assess what has changed before continuing of work. This rule requires employees to routinely assess what could change in the work area on the work requirement every 30 minutes and address it accordingly. Jason not only embraced this rule, but also made it personal to check in routinely with employee on the field and have discussions on what was working and not working. This culture encouraged mechanics and maintenance in the field to take time to re-assess their area when a new member is added to ongoing work, leading to priority changes. This also gives the employee the voice to speak up about concerns before they become an issue or incident. Jason is a very visible leader at the work front and demonstrated leadership in safety within the Mill Maintenance group. He managed numerous projects in 2019 with zero harm. Under his leadership, Crusher, ADR maintenance group are on their three year stretch with zero harm. He consistently interacts with his team at the work front, had tough conversation of why work is being performed in a certain way, and challenges the status quo on the way workplace inspection has been performed lately. He is a leader who actively promotes safety over production. This has yielded a good result in the crusher performance.

 

Randy Kirkpatrick, Newmont Corporation, Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mine (honorable Mention)

Randy has been with Cripple Creek and Victor for five years. CC&V brought Randy into the team to assist and train our technicians in advanced diagnostics and component evaluation. During his tenure Randy has evolved to a reliability coordinator position and has made significant contributions to the department in not only reliability improvements but also in safety awareness and document creation for non-routine tasks that have a significant risk potential. The creation of the documents and the practical application of the process has given us a sustainable process and the opportunity to perform these tasks in a safe, efficient manner.

 


EXCELLENCE IN INDIVIDUAL SAFETY

 

Rocky Carr, Colowyo Coal Company L.P., Colowyo Mine

Rocky began working at Colowyo on January 23rd, 1989 as a Utility Man in the Colowyo Production Department. Rocky then operated the mine’s 120 ton trucks till 1992 when he became a dozer operator. In 1996 Rocky was promoted to dragline oiler and then dragline operator in 2006. Rocky continues to operate various types of equipment in his current role as Production Operator VI at Colowyo.

 

Marvin Moon, Colowyo Coal Company L.P., Colowyo Mine

Marvin began working at Colowyo on March 13th, 1989 as a Utility Man in the Colowyo Production Department. Marvin worked his way up through the years to the positions of equipment operator, running trucks dozers and other equipment. In 1993 Marvin began working as a dragline oiler and became a dragline operator in 2001. Marvin continues to operate various types of equipment in his current role as Production Operator V at Colowyo.


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