Tilden worker killed

NATIONAL MINE – A joint investigation is being conducted by Cliffs Natural Resources and the United Steelworkers Union into the death of a worker who apparently fell from a railroad tanker car Friday afternoon at the Tilden Mine.

The name of the Cliffs’ employee was being withheld Friday while family members were being notified. Cliffs officials declined to release any further information about the man, including his age or the town where he lived.

The incident occurred at about 1:45 p.m. Friday near the concentrator at the mine. Cliffs officials said the man apparently fell from the railroad car to the ground. He was taken to Bell Hospital in Ishpeming by EMS personnel from the mine and the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

“This is a tragic accident,” James Kochevar, Cliffs Michigan Operations general manager said in a news release. “We offer our sincere condolences to family and friends of our employee.”

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration and the Marquette County mine inspector were notified.

John Pepin can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 206. His email address is jpepin@miningjournal.net.