The Lucky Friday Mine was closed last year after a string of accidents. Hecla Mining Co. is the nation’s primary silver producer and before last year had gone twenty-five years without a fatality. In January, the mine was shut down by federal safety inspectors after the deaths of two miners. The safety inspectors determined that sand and other debris had leaked into the mine shaft and needed to be removed.
The Lucky Friday Mine located in northern Idaho will start hiring workers for the mine in July, though, the opening isn’t rescheduled until the end of the year when the company plans to have all positions filled and the safety improvements finished. Over one hundred and ten workers of the two hundred and fifty that worked in the mine were laid-off when the mine closed.
CEO Phil Baker revealed at Hecla’s yearly shareholder’s meeting that they have considered reopening another mine, the Star Morning Mine, which is located in Idaho too.