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DNCL member honored with statewide safety award

DNCL member Mike Little and his wife, Eva, enjoy the celebration recognizing Little’s NVMA safety award.

The Nevada Mining Association named National Cement Lodge member Mike Little among its 2023 individual safety award winners during the organization’s celebration of excellence event at Lake Tahoe in September.

Each year, the NVMA honors Nevada’s mining operators who have demonstrated an unparalleled commitment to workplace safety. Based upon the previous year’s performance, 133 nominations were submitted for this year’s recognition. Industry peers reviewed the nominations and 47 were awarded.

Little, who works at U.S. Silica, was presented with a Safety Champion award.

“It might help inspire some people to try harder, but the award isn’t going to change anything I do in terms of my attention to safety,” said Little. “Safety is obviously always important no matter what.”

IR Jake Ludeman, who worked alongside Little for many years, said Little is modest and was well deserving of the award.

“I worked with Mike a long time, and he has always been a conscientious and hard worker. He pays careful attention and speaks up to make sure everyone can go home safe at the end of the day and can come back to make money for their families the next day,” said Ludeman.

Little has been a Boilermaker for all 36 years of his mining career, serving as D236’s president and secretary until the lodge merged with the DNCL. He is a steward and is a lead spokesperson on the Union/Company Safety Committee and the Employee Relations Committee.