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Mining company at fault in Sunshine Mine death

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The mining company has been found at fault in the death of Nicholas Rounds. The mining company has been found at fault in the death of Nicholas Rounds.
WALLACE, Idaho -

"The accident occurred due to management's failure to identify possible hazards and establish safe work procedure associated with performing shaft maintenance work," that is the conclusion stated in the Report of Investigation filed by the Mine Safety and Health Administration in regard to the June 2 death of Nicholas Rounds, 36, at the Sunshine Mine.

On June 2, Rounds and another miner were on top of a skip working in a shaft. The two got ready to move, and according to the report, Rounds announced, twice, that he was ready for the hoist operator to move them. Investigators say Rounds had forgotten to disconnect himself from a piece of equipment, trapping him in between the lift and the shaft as the lift began to carry the miners to the surface.

"We lost a family member that day," Vice President of Sunshine Mine Monica Brisnehan told KHQ about the death of Rounds.

Brisnehan also said the company takes the safety of all of their miners very seriously, and that they disagreed with the investigation's results. Sunshine Mine filed a response letter to the District Manager of the Mines Safety and Health Administration.

"The accident did not occur due to 'management's' failure to identify possible hazards and establish safe work procedure associated with performing shaft maintenance work," the letter says, in a review of the MSHA report.

The letter does not request the investigation to be revisited, only that it be included with any requests of the original report. When asked if she was hopeful the investigation would be revisited, Brisnehan declined to comment.

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