Accident occurred at ArcelorMittal Temirtau mine. Rescuers cannot find one worker

An accident occurred at the mine of ArcelorMittal Temirtau in Temirtau, reports with reference to the press service of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

"On January 13 at 21:53 at the Lenin mine (horizon 340, depth 840 meters) of the Coal Department of ArcelorMittal Temirtau JSC, while drilling an exploratory well, there was an increased release of methane gas and coal fines. On this day, three workers - a drilling rig operator, the assistant driver, as well as the mining foreman of the ventilation and safety section - carried out work on drilling exploration wells in the face. As a result of the accident, the mining foreman and the assistant driver immediately left the scene of the accident, but the machinist could not get out of the face," the message says.

It is noted that at the time of the accident, 137 workers of the third shift were in the mine, 136 of them were brought to the surface.

The emergency and rescue service of the enterprise went down to the mine after arrival.

"At 23:00, according to the readings of the air-gas control equipment, the gas situation in the mine workings returned to normal. At 23:25, the rescue service department began searching for one victim, clearing the bottom from the rock mass. At present, the search for the victim continues. 17 workers of the mine and two departments of the emergency rescue service (16 people) are involved. To investigate this accident, the Department of the Industrial Safety Committee of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Republic of Kazakhstan in the Karaganda region established a commission," the press service added.
Aidana Demesinova
12:09, 14 January 2021

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