RENO, Nev. -- Federal safety investigators say two Nevadans were killed in a mining accident partly because someone wedged a broom handle against a reset button to bypass an alarm that would have shut down the system.
The Mine Safety and Health Administration said Monday that managers of Barrick Goldstrike's Meikle Mine are responsible for the August 2010 accident in Carlin that killed Daniel Noel and Joel Schorr.
The two Spring Creek men were struck by a pipe that gave way in a ventilation shaft because it was clogged with excessive waste rock material.
MSHA says the pipe overfilled because the broom handle kept the loading system from tripping off. It blames managers of the Toronto-based mining company for failing to ensure the safe operation, inspection and maintenance of the mine.