Nevada gold mine pipeline burst kills 1, injures 1
Two miners were trying to pull out a water pipe at a northeastern Nevada gold mine last month when the pipe burst, killing one and injuring the other, according to a preliminary report released by federal investigators. of security.
Alejandro Castaneda, 49, who worked for nearly 20 years at Nevada Gold Mines’ underground Goldstrike mine, was killed in the January 23 accident, the US Mine Safety and Health Administration said.
Pedro Morquecho was injured in the Eureka County mine accident, north of Carlin, the Elko Daily Free Press reported. He was treated at a local hospital and released.
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The two miners were pulling out steel water pipes with hand tools “when one of the water pipes suddenly broke,” the MSHA said. “The water main struck the two miners, killing one and injuring the other.”
The mine employs 554 workers, the MSHA said. The investigation into the accident is continuing.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families, friends and co-workers of the employees involved,” Nevada Gold Mines said in a statement following the accident. “Our primary goal is to support those involved and work to fully understand the circumstances that led to this event.”
The last death at a hard rock mine in Nevada was nearly a year ago when a truck driver was killed in an accident Feb. 14 at NGM’s underground Cortez mine, Frees Press reported.