Feds: Mine death due to failure to ensure safe work area

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Updated: 10/31/2013 10:51 pm
CARLIN, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- The United States Department of Labor says a miner's death was caused by management's failure to ensure safe work conditions.

On June 2, 2013, Corey Vasquez, Load Haul Dump (LHD) Operator, 43, was killed when the LHD he was operating overtraveled the edge of a stope and fell approximately 40 feet into an open hole, the U.S. Dept. of Labor says.

The Department says the accident happened due to management’s failure to ensure that the operating procedures to provide a safe work area near the stope were being followed by workers. People were not protected from overtravel while operating equipment near the open stope. Visual markers, used to identify the opening, had not been put into place to warn of a hazardous condition. 

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