August 27, 2012 in Idaho

Coeur d’Alene Mines employee dies in Mexico

From staff reports

An employee of a Coeur d’Alene Mines property in Mexico died late Sunday morning while doing maintenance work.

The employee was outside the underground mine and apparently fell while working on a piece of surface equipment at the company’s Palmarejo silver and gold mine.

Authorities have been notified and the incident is under investigation by the company and the local police, a news release from Coeur d’Alene Mines said.

Work in the underground portion of the mine has been suspended pending completion of the investigation. The open pit mine and milling facilities remain in operation.

The Palmarejo Mine is located 420 kilometers by road southwest of the state capital city of Chihuahua and 15 kilometers northwest of the town of Témoris. Palmarejo employs more than 900 people while contractor employment totals about 150, the release said.

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