Worker Killed At Empire State Mine In Town Of Fowler

Worker Killed At Empire State Mine In Town Of Fowler

Posted: Updated: Oct 03, 2018 07:43 AM

Officials said a miner at Empire State Mine in the town of Fowler was killed on the job Tuesday morning.

According to St. Lawrence County Coroner Joseph White, a contractor from out of state was involved in an accident at 11 a.m. White told 7 News reporter Keith Benman that explosives were being used underground when the accident happened.

The federal Mine safety and Health Administration listed the cause of the accident as "Exploding Vessels Under Pressure," on its web site Tuesday night.

The employee was taken to Gouverneur Hospital, where he was pronounced dead 90 minutes later.

The mine shut down after the accident and won't resume operations until Wednesday, Joel Rheault, general manager of the mine, told 7 News Tuesday night. Mining operations would be shut down for 24 hours out of respect for the dead man, he said.

Mine officials have contacted the proper state and federal agencies, Rheault said, and added an internal investigation is also underway.

Rheault said the company wants to determine the root cause of what caused the accident and make sure it never happens again. he declined to discuss specifics of the accident.

7 News was told State Police are investigating the incident.

This latest accident comes about two months after an accident in the mine injured 9 employees.

On July 27, an elevator taking workers down into the mine abruptly stopped. Officials said the braking system malfunctioned. 

Mining operations were halted for several days before 140 workers were allowed back underground.

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