U.S. Department of Labor Will Probe Mining Accident


The U.S. secretary of labor has promised a federal investigation into an Idaho mining accident that claimed the life of a Hecla Mining employee. The body of Larry Marek was recovered Sunday following a weeklong rescue effort at the Lucky Friday Mine in Idaho's Silver Valley.

"No miner should ever have to die for a paycheck," said Labor Secretary Hilda Solis.

Marek died after a roof collapse more than a mile under the surface of the Lucky Friday mine in Mullan, Idaho. It was the first fatality at the mine since 1986. The operation included drilling and blasting of rock face, and processing the rubble into silver, lead and zinc. Hecla employs about 275 men and women at the mine.