Labor Inspectors Find Violations in Mindeli Mine

A seven-member group of employees composed of labor inspectors under the Ministry of Economy completed a nine-hour inspection at the Mindeli mine in Tkibuli, which claimed the lives of 4 miners and left injured 6 on July 16.

Beka Peradze, Head of the Department of Labor Inspection said that the group had found a number of violations in the mine.

“We observed the site and revealed some shortcomings…The possible link between these violations and the incident will be assessed after the investigation is completed," he said.

The explosion occurred in Mindeli mine on Monday. The Georgian Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) stated that a methane explosion supposedly caused the collapse of the ceiling in the tunnel.

An investigation was launched under the second part of Article 240 of the Criminal Code of Georgia, which implies a violation of safety rules in mining, construction or other works.

The injured miners were hospitalized and remain under the supervision of doctors.

A previous explosion in the same Mindeli mine occurred in April 2018, when 6 died and 3 were injured.

Since April 2018, 10 miners have lost their lives in Mindeli mine.

By Thea Morrison

Photo source: 1TV

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18 July 2018 13:08