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Serious accidents in coal mines 2013
Page updated: 22 Aug 2013
We were unwilling to support injuries and death to coal miners who would have supplied the coal to the proposed power station.
Mining accidents can have a variety of causes, including leaks of poisonous gases such as hydrogen sulphide or explosive natural gases, especially firedamp ( methane), dust explosions, collapsing of mine stopes, mining-induced seismicity, flooding, or general mechanical errors from improperly used or malfunctioning mining equipment (such as safety lamps or electrical equipment). Use of improper explosives underground can also trigger methane and coal dust explosions.Wikipedia
August 10, 2013
A landslide in a coal mine in Sundergarh district of Odisha today killed at least seven people and injured two others. According to local media reports, at least 20 more are missing.
The incident took place when some people from nearby villages were collecting coal from the "over-burdened" dump yard located near the mining area. Over burden (OB)means the extraction is done by blasting away the top soil for excavation of coal.Seven dead in landslide in Odisha coal mine
6th August 2013
One miner died and two others were injured Tuesday in an underground coal mine in Harlan County, having become trapped during 'retreat mining operations'.
"Preliminary reports indicate the side of a coal pillar burst as the continuous-miner machine was operating, causing the miners to be trapped," the news release stated.
The Huff Creek mine was cited three times in July and once in May for roof control plan violations, according to data from the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration.One coal miner killed, two injured in Harlan County accident
12th July 2013
Jillig province, China
An official investigation by China’s State Council has revealed that a coal mine in the north-eastern province of Jilin had routinely covered up workplace accidents and deaths over the last two years. The investigation was triggered by two massive gas explosions within the space of three days this year at the Babao Coal Mine, owned by the Tonghua Mining Group.
The first explosion on 29 March killed 36 miners but the company only reported 28 deaths and 13 injuries in an attempt to avoid a high-level investigation.
On 1 April, a second explosion at the Babao Mine killed 17 workers and injured eight others. The workers had been ordered down into the mine in an attempt to repair the gas leak in spite of a government ban on all mine operations.
The State Council investigation further revealed that the mine had also covered-up the deaths of six workers in five other accidents in 2012, and that three gas explosions that occurred in 2013 prior to the 29 March tragedy were not reported at all.Coal mine found to have concealed numerous deaths and accidents
11th May 2013
Sichuan province, China
The number of people killed in a coal mine accident in Taozigou coal mine has climbed to 28, following a gas explosion due to high gas density due to poor ventilation.
An initial investigation indicated that unauthorized mining was undertaken at the mine.
Work safety authorities have ordered the suspension of operations in all coal mines in the province while an overhaul takes place.Death toll rises in Sichuan coal mine explosion
12th March 2013
Guizhou Province, China
At least 21 miners have been killed and another four are missing after an explosion at a coal mine in Shuicheng county, Guizhou Province, south west China. There were 83 miners working in the mine when a blast ripped through tunnels underground. Rescue attempts are continuing and 58 men have been able to escape.Chinese Coal Mine Explosion Kills At Least 21
18 officials punished over SW China coal mine accidents
11th February 2013
The death toll in the gas blast at a coal mine in Russia’s northern republic of Komi has risen to 18. 26 miners were working in the section of the mine where methane exploded at a depth of 800m.Russian Coal Mine Blast Death Toll Rises to 18
12 January 2013
Liaoning province, China
Eight people died and three others were injured in a coal mine accident in the Wulong Coal Mine in the city of Fuxin, Northeast China's Liaoning province,8 dead in NE China mine accident
8 January 2013
Eight mine workers were killed due to a methane leak at a coal mine in the Black Sea province of Zonguldak, Turkey’s coal capital. The blast came amid efforts to increase safety in coal mines. Work safety has been a high-level priority for years following past firedamp explosions and industrial accidents,
Turkey has the worst safety record in terms of mining accidents and explosions in Europe and the third worst in the world, according to reports. A total of 2,554 miners were killed and more than 13,000 lost the ability to work between 1991 and 2008.Mine Explosion Kills at least Eight in Zonguldak
7th January 2013
Shanxi Province, China
Seven workers died in a gas explosion the Sijiazhuang Coal Mine in Xiyang County north China's Shanxi Province. The mine has a designed capacity of 5 million tonnes.
The cause of the accident is under investigation.7 dead in N China coal mine blast
3rd January, 2013
Gansu Province, China
A government official in Gansu province has been suspended, after a coal mine accident that killed four people and wounded five on Jan 3Official suspended after coal mine accident in NW China