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Zinc Mine Collapse Kills 1, Injures 2

Cause of the underground zinc mine collapse was unknown

Kevin Cronin

July 19, 2021

1 Min Read
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A worker was killed and two others injured when Nyrstar’s Immel Minean underground zinc mine collapsed in Knoxville County, Tennessee, according to authorities.

The injured workers were hospitalized with at least one requiring surgery. The cause of the collapse was unknown. This was the third death at one of the company's Tennessee mines this year. An investigation was underway.

The mine was cited three times by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) for safety violations in July.

Nyrstar is a Dutch company with mining and smelting operations in Europe and the US. It has a processing plant and three underground zinc mines in Tennessee.


About the Author(s)

Kevin Cronin

Editor-in-Chief, Powder & Bulk Solids

Kevin Cronin has been editor-in-chief, Powder & Bulk Solids, for 30 years. For several years, he also edited food and chemical industry publications. He received a B.A. in communications—with a concentration in journalism—from the University of Scranton, Scranton, PA, in 1988.

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