Two Mine Workers Fall to Death in Missouri
Details of the Mine Accident
Early reports say the accident happened around 8:30 a.m. Friday at a mine near Ste. Genevieve, Missouri. The mine, operated by the Mississippi Lime Co, has been the site of two previous fatal accidents.
The two workers were in a boom suspended several feet below a truck at the time of the accident. Reports say the men were removing loose rock from either the mine’s walls or ceilings when the loose rock hit the boom causing the men to fall to their deaths.
The names of the two workers killed have not been released.
Operations at the mine have been suspended while workers from the Mine Safety and Health Administration investigate the accident.
The Mississippi Lime Co. makes calcium-based products and calcium solutions.
Mine Fatality Statistics
The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) states mine worker fatalities has steadily declined since the passage of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act in 1977.
In 2013, there were 13,708 mines in operation in the United States, employing 374,069 mine workers. That year there were 42 mine worker fatalities.