23 dead in Tuesday’s gas explosion in the Halemba mine in Ruda Slaska, southern Poland.
It was a build of methane gas that set off the explosion, 1000 meters below ground. Shocking, of course, but unfortunately not that shocking. Around 20 miners die a year in Polish coalmines. Collieries measure acceptability of the death rate by measuring one death by tonnage of coal mined.
Twenty deaths a year is bad but during communism around 150 people were killed a year in this way.
The recent chronology of the worst mining accidents in Poland looks like this:
2002: 10 miners killed in a coal dust explosion in the Jas-Mos mine in Jastrzebie Zdroj.
1998: 6 miners with damaged oxygen masks asphyxiated after being sent into a shuttered shaft in violation of security regulations at the Niwka-Modrzejow mine in Sosnowiec.
1991: 5 killed in cave-in at Halemba mine in Ruda Slaska.
1990: 19 killed in methane gas explosion at the Halemba mine in Ruda Slaska.
1987: 19 miners killed in coal dust explosion at Myslowice mine in the town on Myslowice.
1979: 34 killed in coal dust explosion at the Dymitrow mine in Bytom.
1974: 34 killed in coal dust explosion at the Silesia coal mine in Czechowice-Dziedzice.
Thursday, November 23, 2006
Posted by beatroot at 11/23/2006