Work at 12 Russian Mines Stopped After Blast Killed Dozens
Russiaâ€™s state safety watchdog Rostekhnadzor has partially halted work at 12 Russian mines after safety checks following a mine blast that killed 108 people, the Reuters news agency reported on Tuesday quoting Rostekhnadzor head.
The mines where work had been stopped included three operated by Yuzhkuzbassugol, owner of the mine where last weekâ€™s accident happened.
Last Mondayâ€™s explosion at the Ulyanovskaya mine, also in the Kemerovo region, was the deadliest mining accident in Russia since the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union. Two miners are still missing underground.
The accident has brought safety standards in Russiaâ€™s coal mines under intense scrutiny. Industry insiders say workers routinely cut corners on safety to meet production quotas.
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