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Quetta, Qalat, Kohat – Coalmines engulf more than 70 lives in six months only

Quetta, Qalat, Kohat – Coalmines engulf more than 70 lives in six months only

In last month only, three coalmine explosions in Quetta and Kohat took more than 29 lives due to criminal inattention towards laborers well being according to labor laws which resulted in inconsiderate safety measures and poor management of the working individuals in coalmines across the country.

In half a year, more than 70 lives become prey of the criminal negligence and insensitive inattention over the catastrophic incidents.

Such loss of lives – neither concusses the political elite nor knocks up the watchdogs.

At least nine labourers were killed and four others injured in Kohat. Photo: AFP


According to Pakistan Central Mines Federation, different accidents in coal mines result in the loss of more than 200 laborers every year.

As per the statics, only in Balochistan – there are more than 400 coal mines where approx. a hundred thousand coalminers work however, only 12000 are registered as laborers.

The country has suffered many coal-mine disasters, a situation that critics have blamed on poor safety standards. Photo: AFP


Coal Mine Accidents In Half A Year Only

The latest accident occurred in Kohat due to gas leakage. At least nine labourers were killed and four others injured in Kohat, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) after a coal mine caved in as result of a reported explosion on September 12, 2018. The second fatal coal mining mishap in a month happened in Akhurwal village as workers entered the coal mine at the start of the day.

Earlier a month back, a coal mine in Sanjidi, Quetta – a coal mine collapsed – leaving 14 miners dead. The mine collapsed due to an explosion when workers were busy digging deep inside. Due to ineffective administrative executions and poor safety measures, another calamity fell, which further took the lives of four rescue workers.

Similarly, in June, another coal mine in Sanjidi collapsed and four laborers were retrieved from the wreckage in horrific condition.
On 11 June, one more coal mine blast took 2 lives in Shangla.

In Balochistan, another 23 miners were died and several were injured after twin coal mine collapse accident in the Marwar and MirIsmail region of Balochistan on May 05.

In April, at least six miners died of suffocation caused by toxic gas in a Kalat coal mine. Similarly 6 were dead in another coalmine in Qalat.

23 miners were died and several were injured after twin coal mine collapse accident in the Marwar and MirIsmail region of Balochistan. Photo: File


Mining Industry and Criminal negligence of labor laws and laborer rights

According to International labour organization (ILO), government, mine managers, mine operators, supervisory officials and workers are required to ensure the safety measures regarding the proper ventilation, rock dusting, protection equipments, entrance exit arrangements among other labor in mines related well being measures.

According to the Chairman of Mining Federation Saeed Khattak, most of the mines are hugely deprived of ventilation measures which are a grave threat to the lives of laborers.

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