Idaho: Silver Mine Ordered Closed After Safety Inquiry
02 January 2012. Source:
Federal safety inspectors have ordered one of the nation’s deepest underground mines closed in northern Idaho after an inquiry prompted by a series of accidents that killed two miners in the past year. The Lucky Friday Mine, one of the nation’s top silver producers, will remain closed for a year; inspectors found that sand and concrete material that had piled up for years needed to be removed. Workers will spend the next year essentially power washing the walls of the shaft.
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Hecla Mining is a silver and other precious metals mining company based in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. The company employs approximately 870 people and owns the Lucky Friday unit in northern Idaho, the San Sebastian unit in the state of Durango, Mexico, and the Greens Creek unit
, near Juneau, Alaska. Source: