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  • Australian inquiry into 2020 mine explosion finds miners faced “unacceptable level of risk”

    15 June 2021

    An inquiry into the May 2020 explosion at Anglo American’s Grosvenor coal mine in Queensland, Australia has found that production continued despite knowledge that the gas management systems were unable to cope with the rate of production. The Queensland Coal Mining Board of Inquiry report found that methane gas levels in the mine exceeded regulated levels 27 times in the lead up to the explosion which seriously injured five people....

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  • Australian miners left “fuming” as mining giant restarts coal mine following 2020 explosion

    23 April 2021

    Workers at mining giant Anglo American’s Grosvenor coal mine in Queensland, Australia have been left “fuming” as a result of the company’s decision to restart operations following an explosion in May 2020 which seriously injured five people. According to Reuters news agency, a union official has said that Anglo American has not kept workers informed about the plans to restart the mine, a claim disputed by the company....

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  • Explosion rocks Chilean city after incident at explosives factory

    19 April 2021

    The city of Calama in the north of Chile was rocked by a large explosion on April 16. The incident happened at a storage warehouse belonging to Enaex, a manufacturer of explosives for the mining industry....

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  • Two separate coal mine incidents kill 13 people in Pakistan

    16 March 2021

    An explosion at a coal mine near the Pakistan-Afghanistan border killed six miners on March 11. This was followed by a second incident in the same region on March 15 where five miners and two rescuers died of suffocation following a methane gas fire....

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  • Fatal Chinese gold mine explosion in January caused by illegal storage and use of explosives, 45 people arrested

    25 February 2021

    A gold mine explosion in east China's Shandong province on January 10 was caused by the illegal storage and use of explosives, as well as improper operations, Chinese state media has reported. The blast left 22 workers trapped around 2,000 feet (600 metres) underground. In total, 10 of the miners died while 11 others were rescued after two weeks. One miner remains unaccounted for....

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Explosion kills three workers at ArcelorMittal plant in South Africa 23 February 2021

Three workers were found dead at an ArcelorMittal steel plant in South Africa following an explosion on February 17. The bodies of the workers were discovered under rubble after a portion of a 90m stack at one of the site’s coke batteries failed and fell onto a control room....

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Explosion on board bulk carrier injures four offshore Gibraltar 23 February 2021

An explosion on a bulk carrier vessel, the CSSC Cape Town, injured four people on February 19. The blast happened while the ship was in Gibraltar's territorial waters. Two of the injured were flown to hospital by helicopter after they suffered severe burns....

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Second fatal gold mine explosion in just over a month kills six, injures four in China's Shandong province 18 February 2021

An explosion at a gold mine in China’s Shandong province killed six people and injured four others on February 16. The blast, Shandong’s second fatal gold mine explosion in just over a month, has prompted a local government campaign to close all unsafe mining facilities....

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11 miners rescued two weeks after gold mine explosion, 10 others found dead 25 January 2021

Rescuers lifted 11 miners to safety on January 24 after a gold mine explosion trapped 22 people in east China's Shandong province on January 10. After finding the 11 men, rescuers gained access to another part of the mine on January 25 but found the bodies of nine miners, taking the death toll up to 10. One miner remains unaccounted for....

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Explosion in gold mine traps 22 workers underground in China 12 January 2021

An explosion in east China's Shandong province trapped 22 workers underground in a gold mine on January 10. The blast happened at around 14:00 local time, however local authorities were not made aware of the incident until the evening of January 11. As of January 12, the workers remain trapped....

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