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Ukraine: accidents in two mines in just one week

9 June 2017: On 6th of June 6 at 8:55 am in the mine "Octyabyrskaya", that is owned by the public JSC “Kryvyi Rih Iron-Ore Combine” (KZRK), happened a rockslide on the horizon of 1220 m. In a consequence of the rockslide, one miner was killed.

The same day at 3:00 pm, another emergency happened, connected to the rockslide. There was a fire at the electrical sub-station of mine and three elevators lost electrical connection. Because of that, the workers shift, that had to finish their work at 10:00 pm and go up from the mine, because of this accident (elevators) were able to go to surface only at 4:00 am (with delay of 6h). Meanwhile, in the elevator, which was going down, two female workers stuck. They had to spend 6 hours in the elevator underground, until the problem was fixed.

On June 9, in the morning in the mine "Velykomostivska" of the state enterprise ‘Lvivvugillia’ miner Oleg Babenko was electrocuted and instantly killed. The prosecutors and representatives of other responsible agencies are working at the place of incident. The special commission was formed for investigation of reasons for tragedy.
’Oleg Babenko was 33 years old and had two children. He has worked at the mine "Velykomostivska" since 2003. He was mobilised and did military service in Eastern Ukraine in 2015-2016. The Independent Trade Union of Miners of Ukraine expressed deep condolences to his family and relatives. Representatives of NPGU are trying to find out details of the tragic accident at the mine "Velykomostivska".
We are deeply concerned that two cases of fatal accidents at workplace occurred in two companies of the mining industry in one week. On 6 June at the mine "Octyabyrskaya", that is owned by the public JSC “Kryvyi Rih Iron-Ore Combine” (KZRK), happened a rockslide. In a consequence of the rockslide, one miner was killed. These two tragedies show that there are a lot of problems with occupational health and safety in mines’, - said the head of The Independent Trade Union of Miners of Ukraine and the Confederation of Free Trade Unions of Ukraine Mykhailo Volynets.

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