Miner dies in accident in southern Poland
PR dla Zagranicy
A miner who was severely injured in an accident at a coalmine in southern Poland on Saturday, has died in hospital, a dispatcher at the State Mining Authority told Poland’s PAP news agency.
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The incident took place at the Piast coalmine, 650 metres underground. The dispatcher said most likely a large lump of rock or coal broke off a gallery wall and struck the platform the worker was standing on. The dispatcher added: “The miner fell off the platform and hit his head against a caterpillar track of a header machine.”
The worker was taken to hospital, where he died on the same day.
A commission comprising representatives of the health and safety administration is investigating the circumstances of the accident.
According to the statistics of the State Mining Authority, a total of 21 people died in mining accidents last year.
In December, 13 miners, including 12 Poles, died in a methane blast at a Czech coal mine in Karvina, close to the southern Polish border.