Thursday tragedy in Kuzbass, killed 52 people: 46 miners and six rescuers.
In hot pursuit, two versions of the emergency emerged:
- according to the official – the smoke that has arisen in the development,
- according to unofficial (the miners insist on it) – there were methane explosions in the mine:
The owners of the mine (where it is already not the first tragedy with human casualties) – the firm “SDS-Ugol” – claim that it has installed modern equipment for degassing. The experts said “Izvestia“that the mine is dangerous and that” such “in Russia is up to 20%.
The version of the investigation
The Investigative Directorate of the Investigative Committee of Russia for the Kemerovo Region opened a criminal case under the article “violation of industrial safety requirements for hazardous production facilities.” It has already been established that the management of the mine “committed a violation of industrial safety requirements” due to which “a gas-dynamic phenomenon occurred – the smoke of the ventilation drift of section No. 4”.
The management of the company was detained. Three days of mourning has been declared in the region.
Mine workers disagree with the findings of the investigators. In the Kuzbass TG-channels, messages appeared allegedly from the miners of Listvyazhnaya, who claim:
- there were methane explosions,
- workers had been warned about the likelihood that there would be tragedy four days before the incident.
The miners’ version is convincing Ruben Badalov, Deputy Chairman of the Russian Independent Trade Union of Coal Industry Workers.
“Methane ignited, definitely. If its concentration in the air is not critical, then coal dust caught fire, if critical, then it exploded. Methane itself could have exploded. The investigation is clarifying the circumstances, but there is no dust without methane. It has accumulated somewhere. in the mine and jerked off, – the Izvestia expert is quoted as saying. – The explosive concentration of methane is above 2%, and from the conversation of the miners we hear about 7%. “.