Fatal Silver Mine Accident Near Kellogg, Idaho
Details of the Fatal Mine Accident
Amy Louviere, a spokeswoman for MSHA, says the accident happened at approximately 2 p.m. on Monday afternoon. Two workers were on top of a skip when it moved. One worker was able to move out of the way. A second worker was killed when he became caught between the mine shaft and skip.
The identity of the victim has not been released. Local authorities as well as officials from MSHA are investigating the accident.
According to a spokeswoman for the corporate owners of the mine, the Sunshine Mine has not been in production since it was acquired three years ago. In 2012, a fire in the mine resulted in the evacuation of 12 workers; in 1972, 91 workers were killed in a fire in the Sunshine Mine.
Mine Accident Statistics
According to MSHA data, there were 12,008 mines (excluding coal mines) in the U.S. in 2013 which employed 250,842 miners. That year approximately 22 workers died in mine accidents. Over 55,212 citations and orders were issued to metal and nonmetal mines in 2012.