Report: Larry Marek Died Instantly In Cave-In

A preliminary accident report by the Mine Safety and Health Administration is shedding some light into the deadly cave-in at the Lucky Friday Mine that killed miner Larry Marek on April 15.

That preliminary report explains that Marek was doing dust control at the time of the cave-in, hosing down the rock that had already been blasted away from the face of stope he was working in.

Marek died instantly when he was buried underneath 30 feet of rock and fill, the report said.

MSHA identified a number of ‘Best Practices’ to prevent cave-ins like the one that hit the Lucky Friday.

Those practices include:

While the MSHA is still preparing its final report on the incident, it has already cleared Hecla to resume operations at the Lucky Friday Mine.