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  • US mining deaths down to record low in 2016

    25 August 2017

    According to data compiled by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), part of the US Department of Labor, 25 miners died in work-related accidents in 2016 against 29 in 2015. This is the lowest number of mining deaths ever recorded in the country and only the second year that mining deaths dropped below 30. ...

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  • Putin pardons imprisoned director of Russian mine where 110 were killed in 2007 mine disaster

    24 August 2017

    In mid-August, President Vladimir Putin signed a decree to pardon the former director of the Ulyanovskaya coal mine, who was sentenced to six years in prison in 2015 by the Novokuznetsk District Court for violating security rules in explosive areas. Several others were also sentenced to terms of imprisonment following the 2007 incident, the worst mining disaster in Russia for at least 50 years....

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  • Five killed in Kashmir coal mine explosion

    08 August 2017

    A coal mine in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir has suffered a fatal explosion on August 6 with five miners reported to have been killed. The Deputy Commissioner of Muzaffarabad, 20 miles south of the mine site near Seri Darra village, said seven miners were digging coal about 800 feet deep in a shaft when a gas explosion caused the roof to collapse....

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  • 16 miners missing after flood in Siberian diamond mine

    04 August 2017

    Rescue teams are searching for 16 workers missing in the Mir diamond mine in eastern Siberia after water flooded the shaft on August 4. The Russian state-owned operator, Alrosa, said 102 miners had been brought to the surface and another 33 miners had been located in the mine and were being evacuated. There were 151 workers underground when the accident happened....

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  • Dekra Insight launches process safety survey and calls for wide participation

    02 August 2017

    In a bid to improve Process Safety performance in process industries, Dekra Insight is calling for individuals in the sector to participate in the first Global Process Safety Training & Competency Survey. This aims to benchmark challenges and trends across industrial sectors and company size, and shine the light on process safety training needs and competence gaps in process industries....

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Explosion kills six in illegal Colombia gold mine 31 July 2017

Six security contractors working for Canadian mining company Continental Gold were killed in an explosion at an illegal gold mine in central Colombia on July 28. The blast took place in a mine in Antioquia province when the contractors surprised a group of illegal miners in a shaft they were inspecting, Continental said. One of the seven contractors survived....

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Explosion at Russian nickel mine kills four 10 July 2017

Four miners were killed in an explosion at the Zapolyarny Mine, part of the Polar Division of Norilsk Nickel. The accident happened during drifting activities carried out by Polar Construction Company, a contractor of Nornickel. The company blamed a build-up of methane, which ignited in the shaft. ...

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BP 2017 Statistical Review of World Energy shows long-term shifts underway 15 June 2017

The 2017 edition of the BP Statistical Review of World Energy, published on June 13,  Data in the Review clearly demonstrate the long-term transitions now underway in the markets, with a shift to slower growth in global energy demand, demand moving strongly towards the fast-growing developing economies of Asia, and a marked shift towards lower carbon fuels and renewables as coal use falls....

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Two killed in Indian quarry after lightning strikes explosives 22 May 2017

On May 18, a quarry blast at Madapanta, Ramanagara, in the Southern Indian state of Karnataka, was confirmed to have killed two workers and injured another nine. According to a witness report in the Times of India, the workers were placing explosives in heavy rain when lightning struck the quarry, causing a bundle to explode....

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Explosion kills at least 29 illegals in South African gold mine 19 May 2017

An explosion on May 11 reportedly killed dozens of illegal miners in Harmony Gold’s Eland mine in Welkom, Free State, local authorities announced on May 12. A week later, 29 bodies had been recovered from the closed mine, local media said, with some of the bodies dragged for 13km through underground tunnels by rescuers to bring the bodies to the surface. ...

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