The miner killed in the Stillwater Mine at Nye early Monday morning was working with his father nearby, a mine official confirmed.
“They were working in the same area together when it happened,” said Heather McDowell, a vice president with Sibanye Stillwater, the mine’s owner. “It’s just tragic for everyone, for the whole community.”
Following the death, the mine went on a full work stand-down, she said. Empty busses were sent to the mine Monday to take home the miners who were working at the time of the accident.
The Stillwater Mine in Nye is pictured in this 2016 file photo.
CASEY PAGE, Billings Gazette
Before the mine returns to operation, full safety briefings will be held for all underground employees beginning Tuesday morning, she said.
The miner was an employee of long-time Stillwater subcontractor Moran Mining of Lively, Ontario, Canada.
The employee was operating bolt drilling equipment used to secure the roof of mining tunnels. The accident occurred in an area underground that was being prepared for new mining.
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