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Nevada Copper's Safety Manager, Mike Weaver

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Nevada Copper's Safety Manager, Mike Weaver

Nevada Copper’s Safety Manager, Mike Weaver

Mike Weaver, Nevada Copper’s Safety Manager is a great man to have around.

Mike started working for Nevada Copper on May 27, 2014 and is currently the trainer for the Nevada Copper/ Cementation USA Mine Rescue (MR) Teams. He started Mine Rescue in 1991 with Central Mine Rescue (CMR) located in the Silver Valley of North Idaho.  Mike trained CMR teams from above the Arctic Circle in Alaska to Tonopah, Nevada and the Stillwater Complex in Montana (from 1991-2010).  He also was Lead Mine Rescue trainer for Hecla – Greens Creek Mine in Alaska in 2010 and 2011 and a Mine Rescue trainer for U.S. Silver – Galena complex 2012, 2013 and 2014.

Mike holds certifications as a:  Mine Rescue Instructor, Advanced Mine Rescue Specialist, Confined Space Instructor (Rescue/Entry), Abandon Mine Specialist,  Dräger BG-4 (breathing apparatus) Maintenance Technician, Rope Rescue Instructor I, II and III, First Aid Instructor (Basic and Advanced) and ITX & MX-6 Technician (gas detection).


Nevada Copper's Safety Manager attended the Nevada Regional Mine Rescue Competition March 10-12, 2015.

Nevada Copper’s Safety Manager attended the Nevada Regional Mine Rescue Competition March 10-12, 2015.

Mine Rescue Competition

BG-Draeger 4 – Mine Rescue Competition

The Dräger BG-4 supplies the wearer with safe breathing air for up to four hours in IDLH (Immediately Dangerous to Life or Health) environments. The BG-4 gives the user time in extended-duration missions. Time to target, time to get the job done and time to get back safely. Commonly referred to as a rebreather, the closed-circuit breathing apparatus removes carbon dioxide, recycling unused oxygen and supplying fresh oxygen from a cylinder.

BG-Draeger 4

Dräger BG-4



Mine Rescue Competition 2015 – Emergency First Aid

Safety training is ongoing at the Pumpkin Hollow mine site.   Once a worker is certified on Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) training, he or she still needs to take a refresher course once a year.  Before each shift change the underground crew has a safety briefing, a pre-shift equipment inspection and a miner’s work place inspection.  Nevada Copper is committed to safety because working safely is the right way to work.  We care about our employees and feel that they deserve a safe work place and a safety culture they can embrace at work, and bring home as well. 

We develop and maintain a site specific, comprehensive health and safety program. We emphasize proper implementation of our programs, and expect participation by all of our employees. We promote proactive health and safety programs and initiatives and will work towards the continuous improvement of those programs.



Nevada Copper’s Safety Manager, Mike Weaver attended the 10th Annual Mine Safety & Health Conference  October 27-29, 2014.  This beneficial event was held at the Peppermill Casino Resort in Reno, Nevada.  It is a valuable opportunity for the mining industry and regulators to come together to develop and refine training methods and practices.  Keynote speakers and workshop sessions of high quality were presented and covered much information on hot topics of mine safety.


Mike Weaver, Nevada Copper's Safety Manager

Mike Weaver, Nevada Copper’s Safety Manager