Spring Creek man dies at Exodus mine (USA)
ELKO — A miner from Spring Creek died Friday at Newmont Mining Corp.’s Exodus mine.
Allen Campbell, 49, died in an accident, according to a Newmont statement. The Mine Safety and Health Administration has not issued a preliminary report, but does list the fatality as a slip or fall of a person.
According to MSHA’s classifications, this includes slips or falls from an elevated position or at the same level while getting on or off machinery or haulage equipment that is not moving; slips or falls while servicing or repairing equipment or machinery, and stepping in a hole.
The accident occurred at 2 p.m. at the mine 25 miles north of Carlin. Officials from MSHA and Nevada State Mine Inspector’s Office were notified immediately. They are working with Newmont to determine the cause.
No other information on the accident was available.
“Right now it is pretty speculative as to what happened,” said Mary Korpi, Newmont’s Director of External Relations.
“It’s just heartbreaking for friends and family and his co-workers,” Korpi said. “I really think the whole mining industry feels it.”
Campbell is survived by his wife, Julie, and two children, Levi and Jacob. According to Newmont, Campbell began working for the company in 1988. He started in surface mining and later transferred to underground operations in 2001.
“We are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of our friend and colleague, Allen Campbell,” said Tom Kerr Sr., regional vice president, North America Operations. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Allen’s family and friends, and we will continue providing them support and assistance during this extremely difficult time.”
This is the first Nevada mine fatality for 2012. This is the 11th mining fatality in the nation.