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Nov 18, 2013 10:35 PM by Jennifer Horbelt

Local museum featuring display on mining safety and rescue

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO- In the wake of the deaths of two Colorado miners in the western part of our state, a Colorado Springs mining museum is featuring a display on mining safety and rescue.

Federal investigators now believe those miners went into a portion of the Revenue Virginius mine, near Ouray, where an explosive was set off Saturday. It's not official yet, but it appears that explosion may have caused a carbon monoxide leak, which killed two miners and injured 20 others.

News 5 spoke with the Western Museum of Mining & Industry Director Dave Futy. He says as tragic as mining accidents are, they end up making the industry safer.

"We have placards relating to mine accidents, as well as resulting legislation from those incidents," Futy said. "And what I wanted to point out is that, in 2012, in the United States, we had the lowest rate of fatality and lost time accidents in the history of US mining.''

Futy also says that toxic gases have always been the enemy of miners.

 

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