Thirty-year-old Joe Tagaban of Juneau is the victim of an underground accident early Wednesday morning at the Kensington Gold Mine.
Coeur Alaska says Tagaban died while performing his regular duties at the mine. The accident happened in an underground stope at the 1260-foot level where Tagaban had been working.
The company is investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident. The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has been notified.
Tagaban had worked at the mine for about a year. In a news release, Coeur d’Alene Mines Corporation President and CEO Mitchell J. Krebs said Tagaban was a respected and well-liked employee at Kensington.
“Our collective thoughts and prayers go out to Joe’s family and his co-workers,” he said.
Kensington mine is about 45 miles northwest of Juneau. An emergency response team is stationed at the mine.
Kensington opened in June 2010. This is the first fatality.
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