Yet another worker in an Elko, Nevada mine has been killed in a Northern Nevada workmen’s compensation death. The company who runs the mine, Allied NV Gold Corporation, announced that the miner died at the Hycroft Mine, which is approximately 55 miles from Winnemucca, right on the border of Pershing and Humboldt counties. Allied Nevada has stated that it is cooperating with investigations by the State of Nevada and the United States government. The mine covers over 72,000 acres in Northern Nevada. The accidental death at work in Washoe County happened at approximately 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 28th. It happened in the mine’s open pit section, where silver and gold are dug from the earth. Much of the work at the mine has been ceased although the processing of ore already mined continues.
The United States federal government operates an agency focused on mine safety and mine worker deaths in an effort to improve safety and reduce the deaths that can happen when extracting valuable ore and minerals from the earth. As a whole, mining has improved as a career. Over the past 10 years, mining injuries per 200,000 hours have fallen from approximately 3.92 injuries per 200,000 hours in 2005 to 2.43 injuries per 200,000 worker hours in 2014. Rates of death from mining accidents in 2014 were as low as 0.0142 per 200,000 deaths. Employment in mines has fallen to a low of just over 365,000 people in 2014.
For centuries, mining has been considered one of the most dangerous jobs. In the United States, as the general public learned of the deaths and injuries attributed to mining, pressure was put on the industry and federal and state governments to improve the lives and safety of those who extract minerals from the earth. The year the most deaths from due to mining accidents in the United States was 1907. That year over 3,200 people were killed. The most dangerous type of mining is coal although mining for precious metals like gold, silver, platinum and more are especially dangerous as well.
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