An employee at the Red Dog Mine died during an incident at a production drill, mine operators say.
In a release Sunday, officials with Teck Alaska, the operators of the mine, said a 47-year-old employee died on Saturday. Teck said no other employees or contractors were injured and “there is no ongoing safety or environmental risk.”
A spokesman for Teck said the federal Mining Safety and Health Administration is investigating the incident, and the only information they could provide was that the employee was male.
A major employer in the Northwest Arctic Borough, Red Dog Mine is the largest zinc mine in the world, located about 90 miles north of Kotzebue.