Rio Tinto Kennecott nets more than 649,000 injury-free hours to win National Mining Association’s Sentinels of Safety Award

Kennecott one of 20 American mines receiving mining safety recognition

Nov. 11, 2015

South Jordan, Utah – For recording the most hours in a calendar year without a single lost-time injury at a large metal/nonmetal mill, Rio Tinto Kennecott’s Copperton Concentrator earned the National Mining Association’s (NMA) 2014 Sentinels of Safety Award.

Awarded annually since 1925, Sentinels of Safety recognize achievement of outstanding safety performance among the nation’s coal and mineral/metal mines. A minimum of 4,000 injury-free hours is required to qualify as a Sentinels of Safety. Staff at the Copperton Concentrator, tailings and water services netted 649,385 injury-free hours in 2014.

Kennecott was one of 20 American mines recognized by the National Mining Association and was honored in Washington, D.C.

“Receiving this national recognition for safety is tremendously rewarding because it is a tribute to the safety leadership demonstrated by all our employees,” said Ben Stacy, acting general manager, Copperton Concentrator. “Safety is the constant that serves as the foundation for our business today and for working toward a strong future. We strive to have everyone go home safe every day.”

In NMA’s news release, NMA President and CEO Hal Quinn said, “The companies we honor today are the true sentinels of safety, not only the safest mines in this country but among the safest mines in the world. The industry is inspired by the example they have set.”

There are currently 2,000 employees working for Kennecott in Utah.

The Sentinels of Safety Award was initiated by then Commerce Secretary Herbert Hoover, a former mining engineer, with the goal to foster a strong safety commitment on the part of U.S. mines.

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About Rio Tinto Kennecott
As the second largest copper producer in the United States, Rio Tinto Kennecott comprises nearly 25 percent of U.S. copper production. Kennecott’s Bingham Canyon Mine is one of the top producing copper mines in the world with production at more than 19 million tons. Rio Tinto purchased Kennecott and related facilities in 1989 and has invested more than $2 billion in modernization since that time. Kennecott has also spent more than $350 million on the cleanup of historic mining waste and $100 million on groundwater cleanup. Take a closer look at

About Rio Tinto
Rio Tinto is a leading international mining group headquartered in the United Kingdom, combining Rio Tinto plc, a London and NYSE listed company, and Rio Tinto Limited, which is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange..

Rio Tinto’s business is finding, mining, and processing mineral resources. Major products are aluminum, copper, diamonds, energy (coal and uranium), gold, industrial minerals (borax, titanium dioxide, salt, talc) and iron ore. Activities span the world but are strongly represented in Australia and North America with significant businesses in South America, Asia, Europe and Southern Africa.

About the National Mining Association

The National Mining Association (NMA) is the voice of the American mining industry in Washington, D.C. Membership includes more than 325 corporations involved in all aspects of coal and solid minerals production including coal, metal and industrial mineral producers, mineral processors, equipment manufacturers, state mining associations, bulk transporters, engineering firms, consultants, financial institutions and other companies that supply goods and services to the mining industry.