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Kensington back to full capacity after fatal blast

Posted: September 15, 2011 - 7:19pm

Coeur d’Alene Mines Corp. reports its Kensington Gold Mine is operating at full capacity following the death of 30-year-old Joe Tagaban on Sept. 7.

The company currently does not expect any material impact to its gold production guidance for 2011 and will continue to evaluate any potential impact to projected guidance.

Miners are working in all areas of the Kensington underground operations, including advancing development headings. The mill is running at capacity this week following four days of down time and planned maintenance.

Tagaban died while performing his underground duties. He was near a hole that intersected a stope. A blast sent a rock through the drill hole that struck Tagaban.

The company has been working in cooperation with the Mine Safety and Health Administration in the incident investigation as well as in finalizing updated blasting protocol for the production stopes underground.

Kensington is located 45 miles northwest of Juneau.

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