Skip to comments.BREAKING: Mine Collapse At The Lucky Friday Mine (Idaho)
Posted on 11/18/2011 10:48:52 AM PST by illiac
Mine Collapse At The Lucky Friday Mine
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Ironic name, eh?
KTVB just says two injured, one in critical condition, the other not hospitalized. #4 shaft. Can’t find anything else. I know guys that work in the mines up north :/
What kind of mine is it?
Prayers going up.
A Silver Lead, and Zinc mine that has had a run of bad luck, lately.
Not it’s namesake anyway.
Currently, ore produced at Lucky Friday Mine is processed in a flotation concentrator. This process produces both a silver-lead concentrate and a zinc concentrate. The concentrates are shipped to the Teck Cominco smelter in Trail BC where the silver, lead and zinc metals are extracted.
Mainly silver, though. The mine produces something like 100 tons of silver per year.
“to be followed by a period of sourcing all critical metals from China.”
Where have you been? That’s been happening for 20 years now.
Thank God, it wasn’t more serious than that. I can still remember the community sense of helplessness and despair over the Sunshine Mine Disaster of 40 years ago. Still one of the most poignant memories of my childhood.
“Hecla Mining officials tell KHQ that a cementation worker was hospitalized Thursday night after an “accident in an area under construction” in the No.4 Shaft Project at the Lucky Friday mine.”
Sure hope that is the case....We know a lot of the people in that area.
There was a case of a worker who was buried in a trench. His co-workers worked feverishly to dig down to his head, to expose it so he could breathe. They exposed his head, thinking they had saved him, and they stopped digging.
He suffocated because every time he exhaled, the soil collapsed further around his diaphragm, until he could no longer inhale.
There is another case where a worker was buried in a trench. They used a backhoe to dig him out. The soil that had fallen into the trench had moved his body to a new position, but the backhoe operator didn't know that. The hoe operator digging adjacent to the man's last known position.
With one scoop, the backhoe bucket cut off the guy's head.
Trench/burial accidents are no small matter. That's why there are OSHA regs about shoring and trench boxes.
Has Obama blamed GOP yet?
Has Cain been in Idaho recently? He may be taking over as the new GOP whipping boy.
Concrete miners? Containment collapse likely. Hardly a “mine” collapse. Five died a good number of years ago at Magma’s Superior Division when a backfill bulkhead gave way. Dangerous work. Prayers for the injured miner and his family.
In the morning of May 2, 1972, a fire broke out in the Sunshine Mine. According to the US Mine Rescue Association, 91 workers died from smoke inhalation or carbon monoxide poisoning; 83 men were rescued, 81 on May 2 and two on May 9. The mine was closed for seven months after the fire, which was one of the worst mining disasters in American history and is the worst disaster in Idaho’s history. Today, a monument to the lost miners stands beside Interstate 90 near the mine.
Look at the dates of the rescues, too. Those dates are accurate: The last two survivors were found a week later, and their survival was credited to a supervisor who violated mine safety protocols by leaving all the fire safety doors open as his group fled from the mine (they were supposed to be closed behind them to seal off sections of the mine in the event of a fire). This allowed fresh air to vent up from the deepest parts of the mine and allowed those last two guys to make their way far down into the mine where they were found a week later.
Hard rock, deep (parts of it are well over a mile down) silver mine. Other minor metals, precious and otherwise.
The Lucky Friday is just about 25 miles east of where I sit. Reports from two sources are that two young men were caught in a relatively small cave in. Even at that, one has died and the other is in hospital bruised very badly.
There was another fatality at this mine about five months ago. No, this isn't a dangerous company to work for. This is a highly geologically active area. Earthquakes and the fracturing of deep rock is what allowed veins of molten silver and other minerals to flow upward, becoming accessible to mankind. This was the last thing our community needed.
Is this anywhere near Wallace? Wallace is the birthplace of one of my favorite MGM stars of the the Golden Era—Lana Turner.
Yes, the Lucky Friday is about 10 miles East of Wallace. And, yes again. Lana Turner was born in Wallace.
Very true and it makes my head want to explode.
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Very sorry to hear this. Prayers up for the survivor and the family who has lost their loved one. I know this area well having spent a lot of time driving through and camping in the general vicinity since I was raised a Montana girl.
Ain’t no doubt about getting the safety protocols in place.
But things happen.
OSHA can kiss my scars.
Twere the day it was named.
That there is any mining allowed in the country is the talking point.
Well yeah, I’m no fan of OSHA, that’s for sure. It’s unfortunate that OSHA has to exist at all, because of truly preventable tragedies.
I believe accidents do happen. But OSHA exists because people didn’t take the appropriate precautions to prevent the preventable “accidents.”
Now we all have to be burdened by regulations that “common sense” should have taken care of in the first place.
Geez, don’t give them any ideas, or write their press releases for them.
True. I had a guy that ground off all four fingers on his right hand, to about an inch long (below the middle knuckle) in point two three seconds, running stick and cope on a shaper with a six cutter stack. No safety covers, bad machining process, and wearing gloves.
The thing is, I caught him doing the same crap a couple of weeks earlier. Stopped him, ran through the safety procedure and jig making process. Then I told him if I caught him not following proper procedure again he would be instantly terminated. He didn't listen.
After his "accident" he sued workman's comp. and got a big settlement. Went out and bought a Harley. 2 months later he died riding that bike.
Can’t fix stupid.
But Darwin can.
The sad thing is, his family misses him. He was stupid, he ignored the safety precautions that are there to PROTECT HIM, and he suffered the consequences. And then he took it to the extreme, lost his life, and now it’s his family who is suffering the consequences.
Sad, tragic, and stupid all at the same time.
Lucky Friday, but Saturday sucks.
All jokes aside, I hope everybody is OK.