BATTLE MOUNTAIN — SSR Mining released the names of the two workers whose lives were claimed at the Marigold Mine in Valmy on Tuesday, and federal mine safety regulators are investigating the accident.
Safety superintendent Pete Kuhn and open pit operator Omar Bernal were killed when a van they were riding in was run over by a haul truck, Mine Safety and Health Administration spokeswoman Amy Louviere told The Associated Press Wednesday.
Seven other trainees in the van were taken to a hospital where they were treated for minor injuries and released, according to the SSR Mining statement.
The driver of the haul truck was hospitalized for treatment of shock, Louviere said.
“MSHA has several personnel onsite and an investigation has begun,” she said in an email.
The SSR Mining statement said the company is cooperating fully with the investigation and plans to conduct its own operational and safety review.
Mine operations remain suspended and will resume only once management has conducted a site assessment and employees are briefed to ensure a safe mine restart, according to the release.
“All of us at SSR Mining are deeply saddened by these tragic events,” said Paul Benson, SSR Mining president and CEO. “Our immediate focus is on supporting the family and friends of our colleagues during this difficult time. The investigation is going to take some time to complete and we are doing all we can to support those efforts. We would also like to thank the mine rescue team and all those who responded to the incident for their invaluable help.”
Marigold Mine in Valmy reported the accident at about 2:15 p.m., according to Humboldt County Sheriff Mike Allen.
SSR Mining, a Vancouver-based company, changed its name from Silver Standard Resources in August.