Poland: At least six dead in second mining disaster in a week

Poland: The Polish Administration confirmed on Saturday that at least six people succumbed to injuries due to a mining accident, and this is the second incident to hit the country in a week.

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Poland: At least six dead in second mining disaster in a week
Poland: At least six dead in second mining disaster in a week

PolandThe Polish Administration confirmed on Saturday that at least six people succumbed to injuries due to a mining accident, and this is the second incident to hit the country in a week.

According to the investigations conducted by the officials, it was noted that a tremor shook the Borynia-Zofiowka mine in the southern part of Poland on Saturday morning after a few days of methane explosions that took the life of five people in the nearby Pniowek coal mine. 

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Rescue workers found the bodies of two missing miners at the Borynia-Zofiowka mine near the country’s southern border with the Czech Republic.

Morawiecki stated that he had ordered an investigation into working practices in the mines.

Moreover, rescuers are still searching for four others who are missing during the incident.

As per the investigations, it is suggested that after a tremor, the methane gas was discharged at the mine site.

A miner who got injured during the methane gas blasts on Wednesday at the Pniowek mine died in the hospital on Sunday.

According to the Jastrzebska Spolka Weglowa (JSW) operating company, the number of deaths from last week’s accident has now risen to six individuals. 

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Furthermore, the search for the missing seven Pniowek miners was suspended after more methane blasts on Thursday injured ten rescue workers.

Apart from the deaths, dozens of miners were injured, many of them hospitalised with severe injuries.

The Prime Minister of Poland, Mateusz Morawiecki, stated that this week was the ‘black week” for the country’s coal industry and said victims’ families would receive state support.

Morawiecki also stated that Prosecutors had opened the investigations into the accidents after being ordered by the government and further said at both mines, experts will carry out a thorough check to see safety conditions and procedures. 

It is noted that most of the mines are in the southern Silesia region of Poland, and many have a high presence of methane in the rock.

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