Miner killed at Leeville identified

CARLIN — The contract employee who died Sunday after an accident at Newmont Mining Corp.’s Leeville Mine was Brian L. Holmes, according to a Mine Safety and Health Administration report.

Holmes, 53, was working for Cementation USA Inc. MSHA released its preliminary report Wednesday.

“The victim was on a work platform on top of a skip traveling up the ventilation shaft when he struck a cross member in the shaft,” stated the preliminary MSHA report.

A cross member is a metal support beam in the shaft, said Mary Korpi, Newmont director of external relations.

According to Newmont, Holmes was in Leeville’s No. 1 Vent Shaft.

According to MSHA, Holmes was a miner for 35 years and had been at the Leeville site for about 12 weeks.

MSHA did not release any other details on the accident.

MSHA and the Nevada Mine Inspector’s Office are investigating the accident, Korpi said.

“Our emergency responders provided assistance and the scene was secured,” Korpi said. “We are fully committed to understanding the circumstances that led to this tragic event and remain dedicated to achieve a work environment of zero harm. Our thoughts and prayers go to the contractor’s family and friends during this very difficult time.”

Newmont and Cementation are not commenting on the details of the accident.

“We are working with Newmont’s management and MSHA to try to fully investigate this incident,” said Willie Finch, director of human resources for Cementation. “We will not release any information until after the investigation is complete.”

Mining operations at Leeville ceased Sunday for day and night shifts. Operations resumed Monday.

This is the second fatality of the year in metal/non-metal mines and the first this year in Nevada. The first fatality was Thursday at Knife River Construction Vernalis Plant in California.

In 2014, there were 24 fatalities at metal/non-metal sites and two were in Nevada. Richard C. Otto was killed April 28 at Klondex’s underground Midas Mine. William M. Hill was killed May 1 at Gypsum Mountain Mine, which is owned by Silver State Minerals LLC.



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