Turkish miners return to work after Soma disaster

Production restarted in coal mine operated by Soma Holding - the company who owned the mine which saw Turkey's worst-ever mining disaster in May.

Turkish miners return to work after Soma disaster

World Bulletin / News Desk

Coal production restarted Tuesday at Isiklar mine owned by the company who operated the Eynez coal mine that was the scene of Turkey's worst-ever mining disaster in May 2014.

As many as 2,000 miners have returned to work in the mine in the western town of Soma after the country's mining supervisory authority approved the facility's production conditions.

"All the required conditions which inspection reports said were lacking in the production units and in the surrounding areas have been met," Soma Governor Mehmet Bahattin Atci told Anadolu Agency Tuesday.

Production at Isiklar mine, owned by Soma Holding, was halted a fortnight after the mining disaster at another of the company's mines in Soma claimed the lives of 301 workers on May 13.

The disaster, the worst in Turkey's history, was caused by an explosion and fire that filled the mine's shafts with carbon monoxide gas, causing concerns about the work safety standards in the country's mines.

Last Mod: 09 Eylül 2014, 14:38
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