The rescue operation was suspended due to the threat of an explosion. It is expected that in three days the gas level will rise to 20% and the danger will decrease.
The probable cause of the accident at the Listyazhnaya coal mine in the city of Belovo, Kemerovo region, which killed at least 52 people , consider the explosion of a methane-air mixture.
Interfax reports this with reference to the governor of the region Sergei Tsiviliev.
“The exact reasons will be established by the commission, – he said. – The total number of deaths amounted to 52 people (46 miners and 6 rescuers) “.
It is known that 38 miners are still in hospitals, as well as 11 rescuers. In the meantime, three branches of the Paramilitary Mine Rescue Unit arrived at the mine.
“They isolate a section of mine workings with a volume of 257 thousand cubic meters, which will naturally be filled with methane. In about three days, the gas level will rise to 20% and the danger of an explosion After that, the headquarters will make a decision on further prospecting work in the mine, “the regional authorities said.
At the same time, during these three days, rescuers will continue to inert workings and eliminate the consequences of a fire, in particular, they will drill a well to extinguish possible fires in the mine.
Meanwhile, the Kemerovo Region prosecutor's office during inspections of compliance with the requirements of industrial safety and labor protection in the activities of organizations in the coal sector of Kuzbass revealed violations at several enterprises.
As reported, smoke in the ventilation drift at the Listyazhnaya coal mine occurred on the morning of Thursday, November 25. At the time of the incident, there were 285 people in the mine.
According to preliminary data, coal dust ignited at a depth of 250 meters. After that, an explosion occurred and a fire broke out, and acrid smoke spread along the entire mine.
On the fact of the state of emergency, the Investigative Committee of Russia opened a criminal case on violation of industrial safety requirements of hazardous production facilities, which caused the death of a person by negligence (part 2 Article 217 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation).
The regional prosecutor's office has initiated a review of compliance with legislation on labor protection and industrial safety.
Investigators have detained the 47-year-old director of the mine, his 59-year-old deputy and the 36-year-old site manager. Charges will be brought against them in the near future. The issue of choosing a preventive measure in the form of detention is being resolved.
“During the initial investigative actions, it was established that the detainees violated the industrial safety requirements of hazardous production facilities. 4, as a result of which the workers who were in production suffocated, “- said law enforcement officers.
In the meantime, the rescue operation was suspended due to the threat of an explosion. “We have now taken a pause until the morning. The operational pause is associated with the deteriorating gas-dynamic situation in the mine, the concentration of methane is growing,” explained Alexander Chupriyan, acting head of the RF Ministry of Emergency Situations.