Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Rockfall kills man at Sverdlovsk mine

A man was recently killed in a rockfall in a Sverdlovsk region mine, according to a spokesman for the regional administration of the Russian Investigations Committee.

The spokesman said that the man was engaged in blasting operations and did not return from work after his shift was over, Itar-Tass reports.

"Rescuers spotted a rockfall and the dead body of the miner with numerous fractures. An investigation is underway," the spokesman said, according to Itar-Tass.

Thousands of miners die each year from accidents. Most occur in the process of coal mining and hard rock mining. Accidents are more common in developing countries. In 2007, an accident at the Ulyanovskaya Mine killed at least 106 miners.