MULLAN, Idaho-- A newly released report by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) says management at Lucky Friday Mine in Mullan, Idaho did not provide proper safety equipment to a worker who died there last November.
Brandon Gray, 26, was injured on November 17 while attempting to free plugged material in a bin excavation. Gray and another worker became engulfed in the material. The other worker was treated and released within one day, but Gray died from his injuries in the hospital two days later.
According to the new report, the management failed to ensure the miners were provided with the equipment required during this type of work.
“The miners were standing on the plugged material wearing harnesses attached to self-retracting lifelines. However, the lifelines used were designed for an unobstructed fall path. When the material suddenly flowed and the victims fell, there was not sufficient speed to cause the self-retracting lifelines to lock before the victims were engulfed in the material. The slow rate of fall for the miners working on top of the material in the bin did not permit the devices to lock.”
The administration adds the miners did not receive proper training to properly perform the task.
MSHA says since the incident, the mine and contract management established new policies and procedures to finish the excavation, which do not allow miner to work on top of material that has potential to move. Training has also been provided to all miners on the new procedures.
To read the full report, click here.