Round Mountain and Bald Mountain take top honours in safety competition

Round Mountain and Bald Mountain won eleven mine rescue awards in the 30th annual Elko Safety ‘Olympiad’ at the beginning of July. Congratulations to both teams!

The three-day competition included nine mine rescue teams from other gold mining companies across Nevada, Colorado and Utah.

The two Kinross Nevada teams were able to highlight their strengths in the inter-company competitions that ranged from hazmat, to fire, medical and large-scale disaster scenarios at the Elko Convention Center.

Here are Round Mountain and Bald Mountain’s final standings:

Round Mountain

1st place – Confined space
1st place – A flight
1st place – Fire
2nd place – Triage
2nd place – Hazmat

“We live and breathe safety every day at Round Mountain and I am incredibly proud of the team’s results,” said RW Carver, Health and Safety Manager, Round Mountain.

The Round Mountain team. Back row (left to right): Sam Lauver, Process Operator (Back Row): Cory Hansen (Alternate) Electrician, Greg Teixeira, Captain and Safety Coordinator, Cody Burroughs, Plant Mechanic, Dave Rascon, Trainer
Front Row: Archie Kapua (Alternate), Electrician, Jason Cooley, Mill Trainer, Matthew Bretz, Maintenance Dispatcher, Patrick Sweeney, Mechanic, David Reid, Field Mechanic

Bald Mountain

1st place – Hazmat
1st place – Written test
1st place – Trainer
2nd place – Ropes
2nd place – Medical

Tim Chapman, Equipment Operator, Bald Mountain, received the coveted Micheal Green Award for his exceptional knowledge and skills in the rope station.

“Our mine rescue team takes their job very seriously and they’ve trained hard to achieve this level of excellence. It is comforting to know we have this level of skill set in the unfortunate event that we have to put those skills to use,” said Clint Nebeker, Operations Manager, Bald Mountain.

The Bald Mountain team. Back row (from left to right): Carl Shrider, Health & Safety Manager, Jeremy Zeiler, Maintenance Superintendant, Mikel Riley, Surface Emergency Response, Tim Chapman, Equipment Operator, Chris Cooper, Mobile Maintenance Technician, Ron Spohn, Mine Operations and Equipment Operator, Mitch Cannon, Mine Operations and Equipment Operator, Clayton Williams, Mine Operations Tire Technician
Front row left to right: Annie McWilliams, Health and Safety Contractor Management, Diana Ramsey, Security Officer, Julian Holden, Ore Process Maintenance

 A big round applause for both teams!


The Round Mountain team in action during the mine rescue competition

Judges watch as a mine rescue team member from Round Mountain elevates the legs of a mock patient