Hecla Mining Company ( NYSE:HL) is pleased to announce the Greens Creek mine near Juneau, Alaska, received the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Mine Safety and Health Technology Innovations Award. This award recognizes companies that have made extraordinary efforts to apply technology to improve the safety and health of mine workers. The Hecla Greens Creek mine received the award for the implementation of a collision avoidance system for its surface mobile equipment. This system, created by SAFEMINE Technology USA, is a ground-based collision avoidance system used in the aviation industry and uses GPS and radio technology to monitor vehicle speed and the proximity of vehicles to one another. Surface operations at the Greens Creek mine are primarily located on a single-lane road that winds through Admiralty Island in the Tongass National Forest. Implementation of the collision avoidance system significantly enhances safe operations by providing warnings of other vehicles as well as allowing for establishment of speed restrictions in certain areas. “I continue to be impressed by the safety initiatives undertaken by employees of Hecla. Never satisfied with the status quo, they are always looking for ways to improve the safety and efficiency of our operations,” said Phillips S. Baker, Jr., President and CEO. He added, “This award demonstrates the priority safety has at Hecla.” Dr. Jeffrey Kohler, associate director for mining and director of the Office of Mine Safety and Health Research at NIOSH, said: “The NIOSH Technology Innovation Awards recognize the significant advancements that the mining industry is making -- above and beyond minimum regulatory requirements. Hecla and SAFEMINE Technology USA's success in deploying a collision avoidance system is a great example of adapting a technology used in aviation and applying it to improve mining safety.” The award was presented at a dinner hosted by the National Mining Association in Washington, DC on October 30, 2013.
ABOUT GREENS CREEKHecla’s 100%-owned and operated Greens Creek mine in southeast Alaska is one of the largest and lowest-cost primary silver mines in the world. The underground mine is located about 18 miles south of Juneau on Admiralty Island and employs approximately 400 people. Greens Creek produces silver, zinc, lead and gold. About Hecla Hecla Mining Company ( NYSE:HL) is a leading low-cost U.S. silver producer with operating mines in Alaska and Idaho, and is a growing gold producer with an operating mine in Quebec, Canada. The Company also has exploration and pre-development properties in five world-class silver and gold mining districts in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, and an exploration office and investments in early-stage silver exploration projects in Canada. Cautionary Statements Statements made which are not historical facts, such as anticipated payments, litigation outcome (including settlement negotiations), production, sales of assets, exploration results and plans, costs, and prices or sales performance are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Words such as “may,” “will,” “should,” “expects,” “intends,” “projects,” “believes,” “estimates,” “targets,” “anticipates” and similar expressions are used to identify these forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected, anticipated, expected or implied. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, metals price volatility, volatility of metals production and costs, environmental and litigation risks, operating risks, project development risks, political risks, labor issues, ability to raise financing, and exploration risks. Refer to the Company’s Form 10-K and 10-Q reports for a more detailed discussion of factors that may impact expected future results. The Company undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements other than as may be required by law.