Fatality #12 - October 31, 2011
This posting serves to provide a public notice to employees of the mine, employees of the mining company(s), employees of independent contractors with any connection to the mine, persons with any connection to the mine, and any person with information regarding the cause or contributing factors of this accident.
Please provide any information to Mike H. Tromble, Lead Accident Investigator at 303-231-5465.
The victim was operating a 4-yard loader traveling down the 38 West foot-wall-lateral between the 4500 and the 5000 area, when the loader went into a water ditch and struck the rib. At that time, a rock bolt that was protruding from the rib caught the small side window entered the cab and struck the victim.
METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY -On October 31, 2011, a 42 year-old muck haul leadman with 3Â½ years of experience was killed in an underground platinum mine. The victim was operating a 4-yard loader in a drift when the loader struck the left rib. At that time, a spieling (rebar anchored in the rib for ground control) that was protruding from the rib, penetrated the front side window, entered the cab, and struck him.