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Regulators blame Utah mine for worker's death

Regulators blame Utah mine for worker's death

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Federal regulators faulted a Utah company for safety lapses in the death of a uranium miner who was killed by a large rock slab he was peeling off a tunnel wall near La Sal.

A Mine Safety and Health Administration report released Thursday said Reliance Resources LLC of Moab was cited for inadequate worker training and failing to test a tunnel wall for loose rock.

The citations were rescinded after the company took corrective measures.

The report says 28-year-old Hunter Diehl of Moab was using a pry bar to pull off loose slabs May 26 when one fell on top of him. He was pronounced dead later at a hospital.

Reliance Resources operates the Pandora mine for another company, Denison Mines (USA) Corp.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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