Fatality #4 - March 20, 2012
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 Sidney Garay, Lead Accident Investigator at 303-231-5465.
METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY - On March 20, 2012, a 54 year-old mine owner with approximately 25 years of experience was killed at an underground gemstone mine. He was cleaning fine ore with a shovel and loading it in the bucket of a front-end loader when rock fell from the top left rib about 20 feet high. The victim was working alone.
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
MINE SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINSTRATION
METAL AND NONMETAL MINE SAFETY AND HEALTH
REPORT OF INVESTIGATION
Underground Nonmetal Mine
Fatal Fall of Rib Accident
March 20, 2012
Great Falls, Judith Basin County, Montana
ID No. 24-01835
Sidney J. Garay
Mine Safety and Health Inspector
Kent L. Norton
Mine Safety and Health Specialist