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Newmont, contractor blamed for Nevada mine fatality
by Associated Press
Jul 19, 2012 | 2189 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
RENO — Federal mine safety regulators are blaming the death of a worker at a Nevada gold mine in October on the failure of Newmont USA and its tire contractor to take adequate steps to protect him from toxic chemicals.

A 21-year-old tire repair man, Joe Ashdown of Roseburg, Ore., was overcome by hazardous vapors from a chemical solvent while fixing a nearly 12-foot tall tire for a giant mining dump truck at the South Area mine in Carlin.

The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration said Thursday that the Denver-based Newmont and the Missouri-based Purcell Tire & Rubber Co. failed to establish procedures and controls to safely repair the tires with toxic glues.

MSHA says they also failed to provide Ashdown with adequate safety training or properly ventilate the repair shop.
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