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McEwen Mining announces Gold Bar accident update

Mining News - Published on Tue, 21 May 2019

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McEwen Mining Inc announced an update on the fatal accident involving a contractor's employee that occurred on May 13, 2019 at the Gold Bar Mine in Nevada. The formal investigation by local authorities is not complete, but preliminary analysis by McEwen Mining suggests that the truck driver, Mr Dean V Pilcher, may have suffered a medical emergency while operating the haul truck prior to losing control, running up an embankment and overturning. Mr Pilcher was found within minutes by another truck driver who immediately called for assistance. The section of haul road immediately around the accident site remains closed to allow for the investigation. Mine operations such as crushing and stacking on the heap leach pad resumed, drawing on available stockpiles of ore, and we expect that mining activities will restart today.

The Gold Bar team continues to ramp-up operations to achieve our goal of commercial production during Q2. We convey our deep sympathy to Mr Pilcher’s family, friends and colleagues for their sudden and tragic loss. Grief counselling and support is being offered to all employees and contractors at the mine.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Tue, 21 May 2019
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