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Stories tagged: Mine Safety and Health Administration


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 15, 2017, 2:13 p.m.

Trump reconsiders rules protecting miners from black lung

President Donald Trump’s mining regulators are reconsidering rules meant to protect underground miners from breathing coal and rock dust – the cause of black lung – and diesel exhaust, which …


Sunshine Mine blamed for death

The death of a 36-year-old miner at the Sunshine Mine in June was caused by the management’s failure to establish safe work practices, a federal accident investigation concluded. Nick Rounds …


Mine management faulted in employee’s death

The death of a 36-year-old miner at the Sunshine Mine in June was caused by the management’s failure to establish safe work procedures, a federal accident investigation concluded.


Hecla says 2011 cave-in victim wasn’t in assigned area

A miner who was killed during a cave-in at the Lucky Friday Mine was not in his assigned work area when the accident occurred, and that action contributed to his …


Suing miners stay at Lucky Friday after accident

Four Lucky Friday miners who were trapped in a 2011 rock burst, and who accuse Hecla Mining Co.’s managers in a recent lawsuit of lying to them about dangerous conditions, …


Four miners sue Hecla Mining Co. over 2011 underground ordeal

Four miners who were trapped and injured two years ago during a rock burst at the Lucky Friday Mine are suing Hecla Mining Co., alleging that mine managers knowingly sent …


Silver miners who were trapped at Lucky Friday Mine file suit against Hecla

Four miners who were trapped and injured two years ago during a rock burst at the Lucky Friday Mine are suing Hecla Mining Co., alleging that mine mangers knowingly sent …


Hecla gets a pass on tougher oversight

Federal mine safety officials will not impose tighter enforcement on the Lucky Friday Mine in Shoshone County after Hecla Mining Co. demonstrated it has made safety improvements there. The Mine …


Lucky Friday Mine to be tightly controlled

When it resumes operations early next year, the Lucky Friday Mine in Shoshone County will be under tighter health and safety controls imposed by the federal government. The Mine Safety …


Feds say mine not inspected as ordered

After a violent rock burst at the Lucky Friday Mine on Nov. 16, federal inspectors ordered mine managers to conduct twice-daily monitoring to check if stress was building up in …


Repairs to closed mine will cost $30 million

Repairing and upgrading the Lucky Friday Mine’s main shaft will cost about $30 million, Hecla Mining Co. said Tuesday. Company officials expect to start repairs within a few weeks, which …


Lucky Friday shaft repairs to start soon

Repairing and upgrading the Lucky Friday Mine’s main shaft will cost about $30 million, Hecla Mining Co. said today. Company officials said they expect to start repairs within a few …


Questions erupt over Lucky Friday

WALLACE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter will ask federal regulators to hold a public meeting in the Silver Valley to explain their decision to shut down the Lucky Friday Mine’s …


Otter asks feds to explain mine shaft closure

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter will ask federal regulators to hold a public meeting in the Silver Valley to explain their decision to shut down the Lucky Friday Mine’s shaft for …


Lucky Friday Mine families explore ways to wait out closure

WALLACE – Mark Miller’s baby girl is just learning how to crawl. She has three rambunctious older brothers, ages 2, 7 and 9. Miller hopes he can find a job …


Mine’s troubles called similar to Nevada site

Conditions in the Lucky Friday Mine’s main shaft have parallels to problems at a Nevada gold mine where a 2010 shaft accident claimed the lives of two workers, a top …


Mine shutdown means lost jobs, economic uncertainty

Federal regulators’ decision to shut down the Lucky Friday Mine’s main shaft was greeted with confusion and concern Wednesday in Idaho’s Silver Valley. Officials at Hecla Mining Co., which operates …


Lucky Friday to build new access tunnel

Officials at Hecla Mining Co. say they will tunnel a 750-foot bypass at the Lucky Friday Mine to route workers away from a portion of the mile-long corridor where a …


Two fires in weeks trigger probe at mine

Investigators are looking into the cause of a second fire in three weeks at the Lucky Friday Mine. The underground silver mine near Mullan, Idaho, was evacuated at 7 p.m. …


Workers recover miner’s remains

The body of Lucky Friday miner Larry “Pete” Marek was recovered Sunday afternoon, just hours after Hecla Mining Co. announced it had suspended rescue efforts because he likely had died …


Camera shows no sign of miner

Day six of rescue efforts at the Lucky Friday Mine passed without any word on the fate of a miner trapped by a rockfall. Rescue workers were able to insert …


Rescuers continue to probe mine

Hecla Mining Co. said rescue crews have started drilling a third bore hole into an open area behind tons of collapsed rock and debris in the Lucky Friday Mine. They …


Camera shows mine void

Rescue workers completed two bore holes into the rubble of Lucky Friday Mine on Tuesday in their effort to rescue a miner trapped since Friday. A camera fed through a …


Rescue crews dig for trapped miner at Lucky Friday Mine

MULLAN, Idaho – Hecla Mining crews were still digging Saturday evening for a miner trapped more than a mile underground at the Lucky Friday Mine. Company officials Saturday continued to …


Feds describe rock that killed miner

The falling slab of rock that fatally injured a worker at the Galena Mine on Friday was 4 1/2-feet long by 2 1/2-feet wide and 2 feet thick, federal investigators …