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July 13, 2021 Fatality

Accident Classification: Fall of Face, Rib, Side or Highwall
Location: Immel Mine , Knox, Tennessee
Mine Controller: Nyrstar NV
Mine Type: Underground
Mined Material: Zinc
Incident Date/Time: July 13, 2021 12:00 am

While performing scaling operations from the basket of a personnel lift, a scaler operator was fatally injured when a piece of rock fell from the rib and struck him. 

The information provided in this notice is based on preliminary data ONLY and does not represent final determination regarding the nature of the incident or conclusions regarding the cause of the accident.


MINE FATALITY – On July 13, 2021, a rock falling from a pillar in a benched area at a room-and-pillar zinc mine struck a miner. The miner was in a personnel lift basket near ground level to load blasting supplies.  The rock fell from a height of approximately 40 feet, striking the basket.