Veris Gold Corp. ("Veris" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that its Jerritt Canyon property has received three top safety awards from the Nevada Mining Association ("NVMA") honoring the 2013 mine safety performance at the Jerritt Canyon Operations located in Elko County, Nevada. Jerritt Canyon is operated by Veris Gold USA Inc. ("Veris USA"), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company.
"This year's honorees have spent the past year teaching, drilling and applying best practices related to safety on the mine site, and it's time to pay tribute to their dedication to safety," said Tim Crowley, NVMA president. "Every single employee on a mine site plays a pivotal role in ensuring Nevada mines are safe. These awards recognize those companies and professionals that stand out above all others."
The Mine Operators Safety Awards for Medium Underground Operations, First Place was awarded to the Veris USA team operating the SSX Mine and the Mine Operators Safety Awards for Small Underground Operations, First Place was awarded to our contractors, Small Mine Development ("SMD") operating the Starvation Canyon Mine, Jerritt Canyon, they also tied and received the First Place award, in the same category, for their operation of the Lee Smith Mine, Jerritt Canyon.
Francois Marland, President and CEO, commented, "We are honored to be awarded and recognized by our peers for mine safety at Jerritt Canyon which currently has four mines in operation. We count ourselves fortunate to have SMD operating three of our mines at Jerritt Canyon. We will continue our safety efforts as exemplified by the Safety Enhancement Program implemented into the Company's operations by Graham Dickson, COO in an effort to bolster and encourage employees to keep safety as a first priority. The Program was designed to identify and correct hazards, implement safe work practices and review current safety procedures. We hope to continue this Program into the future and we are dedicated to supporting the industry-wide credo to send every mining employee and contractor home safe and healthy after every shift."
SOURCE: Veris Gold Corp.