KHQ EXCLUSIVE: 'They Took A Chance...It Cost Larry's Life' - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

KHQ EXCLUSIVE: 'They Took A Chance...It Cost Larry's Life'

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PINEHURST, Idaho - All 4 living brothers including the father of Larry "Pete" Marek spoke only to KHQ's Dylan Wohlenhaus about the mining accident at the Lucky Friday mine that killed their brother and son.

Larry Marek and his brother Mike Marek were working in the Lucky Friday mine April 15th 2011 when the accident, Hecla Mining company characterized as a "Ground Fall Break" happened. Larry was killed instantly when hundreds of tons of rock fell on top of him. Mike Marek who was working within yards of his brother Larry during the accident was not hurt.

All the brothers, Donny, Danny, Terry, Mike and their father Leo have all worked in the mining industry. They believe the accident could have been avoided by not removing a rock pillar supporting the rock above, that fell on Larry.
 
After the accident Hecla mining was fined more than 300,000 dollars from the Mining Safety And Health Administration. After two more accidents that killed contractor Brandon Gray and another accident that trapped more than a dozen miners MSHA ordered the company to make the mine safer. In early 2012 Hecla announced the Lucky Friday mine would halt mining operations in order to comply with MSHA's findings.
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