Man dies after incident at Lucky Friday Mine



Posted on November 21, 2011 at 6:40 PM

Updated Saturday, Nov 23 at 3:27 AM

MULLAN, Idaho— A man died Saturday morning after an incident at Lucky Friday Mine in North Idaho Thursday night.

It happened Thursday night around 11:40 p.m. at the mine in Shoshone County.

Mike Dexter, a community relations employee in Wallace who is speaking on behalf of the mine, says there was an accident in the number 4 shaft during the construction of a new shaft. Brandon Gray and another employee were reportedly working about 5,000 feet below ground when the ground gave away beneath them. Crews were drilling and blasting while building a new rock bin.
Company president Mike Nadon tells us the 26 year old was standing on top of about 15 feet of fragmented rock, part of the brand new number 4 shaft and the pile gave way. Gray was trapped for about 20 minutes.

Gray was listed in critical condition at Kootenai Medical Center until he died Saturday.

He was a contracted employee who works for Cementation USA, which contracts engineers and contractors.
The Shoshone County Sheriff's Office says that two people were injured in the incident. The sheriff’s office says emergency crews transported both of them to Shoshone Medical Center, and the second person was released.

The Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission is investigating.
Lucky Friday Mine made headlines less than a year ago when a miner was trapped there in a separate incident. Larry “Pete” Marek was found dead after he was trapped over nine days in April.

KREM 2 spoke with Gray's neighbors and his boss who says he was a hard working man, who was well liked, and will be missed.

Mining operations at the lucky Friday will pick up again Monday evening; however the construction in shaft 4 is shut down for now.