Miners at the Greens Creek Mine work 11-hour shifts in a dark, noisy environment. They operate heavy machinery under loose rock that is regularly made looser by blasting.
Tests this month at the city-run Stabler's Point Rock Quarry across from Auke Bay show that it contains asbestos.
City officials said the amount of asbestos at Stabler's Point Rock Quarry is too little to pose a danger to public health.
The University of Alaska Southeast's Center for Mine Training has created the University of Alaska's first formal workforce credential - a non-credit credential focusing on entry-level production miner training.
Mining accidents are as closely associated with West Virginia as Appalachian folk music. They're expected, but no one knows when the next tragedy will occur.
Two iron workers died after a manlift collapsed at the site of the Rock Creek Mine project near Nome.
ANCHORAGE - A job site fatality last year in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough occurred because proper procedures and controls were not followed, according to a report released by the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration.
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