Two employees of SSR Mining Inc. were killed Tuesday afternoon in a collision at Marigold Mine.
“The incident involved contact between a haul truck and a light vehicle within the open pit operations at the mine,” SSR reported in a statement released Tuesday night. “We immediately activated our emergency plan, mobilized our emergency response team and notified the relevant authorities. We regret to confirm two employees have been fatally injured.”
Operations at the mine remain suspended.
“We are deeply saddened by the loss of our colleagues and our heartfelt sympathy goes out to their families,” said Paul Benson, president and CEO. “This incident is particularly upsetting as the health and safety of our employees is our highest priority. We are fully cooperating with the ongoing investigation to determine the cause of the accident and are offering support to our colleagues’ families and our employees at the mine site.”
Marigold Mine in Valmy reported the accident at about 2:15 p.m., according to Humboldt County Sheriff Mike Allen. He said an unspecified number of people were injured.
The accident will be investigated by the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration.
SSR Mining, a Vancouver-based company, changed its name from Silver Standard Resources in August.
The last Nevada mining fatality happened last year in Nye County when a 60-year-old mechanic working on a front-end loader at Premier Magnesia Mine near Gabbs fell as he was getting off the machine, according to MSHA.
Still, MSHA reported that 2016 was the safest year ever for American miners. There were 22 deaths total, with 17 of those occurring in metal and nonmetal mines, and the remainder in coal mines.