Cliffs releases name of worker killed at mine

NATIONAL MINE – Cliffs Natural Resources has disclosed the name of the employee that was fatally injured on Friday after a fall while working in an unloading area at the Tilden Mine in National Mine.

Gary Hytinen, 61, of Ishpeming was working as a reagent handler in the unloading area when he apparently fell from a railroad tanker car to the ground, according to a written statement released by the company. Hytinen had worked for Cliffs Natural Resources for 39 years. Over those years, he held many positions as a general laborer, conveyor attendant, bulldozer operator, concentrating plant attendant and most recently, as a general reagent handler, the statement stated.

Company emergency medical technicians and Bell Hospital EMS responded to the accident. Hytinen was transported to Bell Hospital in Ishpeming where he was pronounced dead. Cliffs Natural Resources, the United Steelworkers union and the Mine Safety and Health Administration continue to investigate the incident.

The cause of death has not been determined.