It's a tough way to make a living and Monday night hard rock mining has claimed another life in Idaho's Silver Valley.
Monday afternoon Nick Rounds was cleaning a mineshaft at the Sunshine Mine near Kellogg when he was trapped between a rock wall and an elevator and was crushed to death.
Rounds, a 1996 graduate of Wallace High School, comes from a mining family and, in fact, he followed in his dad's footsteps to become a miner.
His dad was with him in the mine when he was killed.
An elevator called a skip travels up and down the 3,500 foot mineshaft and that's where Nick was working with his father when the accident happened.
"I don't know what the circumstances were but Nick was a very safety oriented person as was his dad," Lenny Hoiland said.
Hoiland was a hoist operator at the Sunshine mine until last January and said Nick was a hard-working, competent miner.
"He loved the outdoors, lived family, he was just a big lovable teddy bear," Hoiland added.