Worker named in fatal mine accident

NATIONAL MINE – Cliffs Natural Resources officials identified a worker who died Friday after apparently falling from a railroad car at the Tilden Mine.

Gary Hytinen, 61, of Ishpeming was working as a reagent handler in the unloading area at the mine when he apparently fell from a railroad tanker car to the ground, Cliffs officials said in a news release Saturday.

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

Hytinen had worked for Cliffs for 39 years, holding many job positions, including general laborer, conveyor attendant, bulldozer operator, concentrating plant attendant and as a general reagent handler.

A joint investigation into the incident is being conducted by Cliffs Natural Resources and the United Steelworkers Union. Cliffs officials said the cause of death has not been determined.

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