Foreman from Durango died trying to save miner

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Foreman from Durango died trying to save miner

Investigators rule out explosion as cause of deaths
Montrose emergency services stage at Montrose Memorial Hospital on Sunday morning in response to a mining accident in Ouray County. A “Code Orange” was declared at the hospital following the news that more than 20 miners had been injured in an accident.
Colorado mining fatalities

The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration lists these mining fatalities in Colorado since 1995:
July 14, 2012
Colowyo Coal Mine, Meeker, Moffat County
Jason Kawcak, 25, was killed when the truck he was driving overturned.
June 9, 2011
West Elk Coal Mine, Somerset, Gunnison County
Fred A. Benally, 53, a contract ironworker, was killed when he slipped and fell from a beam at the scalping tower construction site.
Jan. 6, 2007
Elk Creek Mine, Somerset, Gunnison County
Jeremy Garcia, 26, was killed when welded wire mesh panels he was working on fell and pinned him against a diesel-powered scoop.
Oct. 1, 2003
Holly Pit, Holly, Prowers County
Jose D. Pina, 39, was killed when the forklift he was operating fell into a dredge pond of the sand-and-gravel operation.
Oct. 12, 2002
Russell Pit, Wellington, Larimer County
Helen L. Pittington, 52, was killed when she was struck by a front-end loader that was backing up at the sand-and-gravel pit.
Jan. 21, 2002
Fort Collins Plant of Aggregate Industries, Larimer County
Kenneth M. Allinder, 51, was killed when he became entangled in the machinery he was working on at the sand-and-gravel facility.
April 25, 2001
Portable Crushing Plant No. 5, Maybell, Moffat County
Nester R. Tafoya, 39, was killed when a suspended conveyor fell on him.
Feb. 26, 2001
Portland Plant and Quarry, Florence, Fremont County
Ismael Jimenez Ponce, 50, was killed when he fell from a scaffold ladder.
Dec. 4, 2000
Sanborn Creek Mine. Somerset, Gunnison County
Thomas Emmons, 37, was killed when he was hit in the face with a high-pressure emulsion hose and fittings after a hydraulic fitting broke and caused the hose “to whip violently.”
Feb. 8, 2000
Camas Gravel Mine, Frederick, Weld County
A 60-year-old mine foreman, whose name is not listed in the report, was run over by a scraper that was backing up.
Aug. 12, 1999
Trapper Mine, Craig, Moffat County
Joseph T. Koonce was killed by an unintentional detonation of explosives.
July 21, 1999
Grizzly Bear Mine, Ouray, Ouray County
Joseph M. Mattivi, 47, was killed when the bucket of a loader fell on him.
July 7, 1999
Pagosa Cattle Co. Pit No. 1, Pagosa Springs, Archuleta County
A 34-year-old contractor, who was not named in the accident report, was killed when the hood of a front-end loader’s engine compartment fell on him.
Dec. 14, 1998
Bowie Mine, Paonia, Delta County
Hector Camacho, 35, and Rocky Gallob, 38, were killed in a roof collapse.
Nov. 4, 1998
Sunday Mine Complex, Dove Creek, Dolores County
Jimmy Duwayne Dial, 36, was killed when he was crushed by a rockslide.
July 19, 1997
Crusher 1 Mine, Carbondale, Garfield County
Terry LeeRoy Vroman, 19, was killed when he was pinned between two pieces of equipment at the sand-and-gravel pit.
Oct. 29, 1996
Deserado Mine, Rangely, Rio Blanco County
Ted E. Munford was killed when the raised bed of the truck he was driving hit an overhead conveyor at 30 mph.
Oct. 25, 1995
Golden Eagle Mine, Weston, Las Animas County
Murrell L. Browning and Frank Barron were killed when a roof-bolting machine fell.
July 19, 1995
Henderson Mine and Mill, Empire, Clear Creek County
Scott D. Christian, 32, a delivery truck driver, was killed when he was crushed by a falling beam.
Source: U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration

Foreman from Durango died trying to save miner

Montrose emergency services stage at Montrose Memorial Hospital on Sunday morning in response to a mining accident in Ouray County. A “Code Orange” was declared at the hospital following the news that more than 20 miners had been injured in an accident.
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