Working in a zinc and lead mine can be dangerous. In Alaska and all other states, mine employers must provide their workers with proper training and equipment to help them stay safe on the job. If a mining accident occurs that results in a fatality, the Mine Safety and Health Administration may launch an investigation to determine who or what exactly may have caused a fatal accident, as well as whether any safety violations may have been a causal factor.
Something went wrong with a production drill
A 47-year-old man was working in the Alaska mine and was reportedly using a production drill when something went terribly wrong. The worker suffered fatal injuries in the accident. Mining officials reassured the public that there were no ongoing environmental or safety hazards placing the population in any kind of danger. However, the officials did not provide details about the incident, other than to say that the worker had not survived.
The mine is located north of Kotzebue
The zinc and lead mine where the accident occurred is approximately 80 miles north of Kotzebue. Company representatives said there were no other workers involved in the accident. It is logical to assume that the company will issue an update once the Mine Safety and Health Administration has concluded its investigation.
Workers’ compensation benefits often provide financial relief to families
If an Alaska worker suffers fatal injuries on the job, eligible family members may collect benefits through the workers’ compensation program. Navigating the system, especially in the aftermath of a family tragedy, can be stressful. It is helpful to seek support from an experienced workers’ compensation attorney who can act on a family’s behalf, particularly if any legal problems arise.