Newmont’s Carlin team wins national mine rescue competition: Barrick’s Turquoise Ridge team won first in one of the technician portions (Elko Daily Free Press – August 8, 2016)

RENO – Newmont Mining Corp.’s Carlin Team beat out 35 teams from 16 states nationwide to finish first at the 2016 National Metal and Nonmetal Mine Rescue Contest in Reno.

The Carlin team came in third in the field competition, first place for first aid and second for team tech (BG4) during the four-day event held July 25-28 in Reno. Barrick Gold’s “Turquoise Ridge Regulators” from Golconda, came in first in the bio technician team competition.

Co-hosted by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration and the Nevada Mining Association, mine rescue competitions gauge the readiness of teams and their individual members – sharpening skills and testing their knowledge in a series of simulated emergency scenarios, such as a mine fire, explosion or roof collapse.

MSHA highlighted the winner of the field competition in a press release. The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant’s “Blue Team” came in first in the field.

Three members of the WIPP team were represented by the United Steelworkers District 12, Local 9477 – “illustrating the key role labor plays in helping develop mine rescue teams across the country,” said said Joseph A. Main, assistant secretary of labor for mine safety and health.

“We ask mine rescue teams to respond to some of our nation’s most difficult emergency situations,” Main said. “We owe them the best training, equipment and support to help them be successful and to stay safe.”

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