Accident in Tkibuli mine claims lives of 6 workers
05 April, 2018
Accident in Tkibuli mine claims lives of 6 workers
6 people fell victim to the accident that has occurred in the Tkibuli mine, in Imereti region of Western Georgia. According to the Metallurgical, Mining and Chemical Industry Trade Union, the accident occurred at the Mindeli mine at 04:00 am.

The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia has released a statement about the accident in the Tkibuli mine, confirming the death of 6 people.

The victims who perished as a result of the tragic accident are: 26-year-old Pavle Gamzardashvili, 28-year-old
Giorgi Bochorishvili, 46-year-old Mirza Kurtsikidze, 50-year-old Besik Gurgenidze, 52-year-old Elguja Bochorishvili and 59-year-old Gogi Rapava.

Elguja Bochorishvili was the most experienced miner among the deceased. The 52-year-old man has left two kids.

According to the Ministry, the initial results of the investigation show that a ceiling collapsed as a result of the deformation of walls in one of the tunnels. The accident claimed lives of 6 miners, while leaving three others with injuries.
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6 people fell victim to the accident that has occurred in the Tkibuli mine

An investigation has been launched under the article pertaining to the violation of safety rules, which is punishable by 5-year imprisonment.
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An investigation has been launched under the article pertaining to the violation of safety rules

First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development Dimitri Kumsishvili has visited the place in Tkibuli, where the tragic accident claimed lives of miners.
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Tkibuli, accident site

According to the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development, teams of the Ministry of Economy’s Technical and Construction Supervision Agency, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, as well as local self-government, are already working at the accident site.
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All relevant services working in coordinated manner in relation to mine accident

Sadly, such accidents have become quite frequent.Not long ago, on March 26, yet another worker died in the Chiatura mine, in the industrial town of Chiatura, which is also located in Imereti Region, near Tkibuli mine.

The part of the ceiling collapsed in Shukruti mine while one of the miners got stuck in a locked part of the mine. The body of a 45-year-old man, working in the tunnel, was found in the ruins.
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The body of a 45-year-old man, working in the tunnel, was found in the ruins

Investigation launched under Article 240 of the Criminal Code of Georgia, which pertains to the violation of safety rules.

Representatives of the Labour Inspection Department under Georgia's Ministry of Health and Labour stated that the accident requires carrying out a technical inspection of the mine.
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The mines have already claimed a number of workers’ lives

Unfortunately, the mines located in Georgia’s Imereti Region, namely in the cities of Tkibuli and Chiatura, have already claimed a number of workers’ lives.

The statistics are quite alarming. More than 500 people have perished in the Chiatura mine over last 85 years.
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More than 500 people have perished in the Chiatura mine over last 85 years

Despite these terrible statistics of deaths during the excavations, open discussion of working conditions in Chiatura’s mining facilities is hampered by many factors, the first of them being the lack of alternatives when it comes to job seeking. As locals themselves explain, the mines provide the vast majority of the region’s very limited number of workplaces and are pretty much the only way for most locals to sustain themselves.
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Tkibuli is a coal mining center

Tkibuli is a coal mining center, located between two man-made reservoirs and is a mountainous region. There were nine coal mines but now only one operates.

In February 2016, one of the local media outletsbroke the story of Tkibuli miners who were routinely locked in the mines and forced to work in harsh conditions. “As we enter the shaft, they lock the door with a padlock”, miners said. The case was followed by weeks of strikes and protests, which ended after only a 7% rise in salaries.
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The beginning of 2017 saw widespread protests from workers in several industries

The beginning of 2017 saw widespread protests from workers in several industries, urging the authorities to take steps to improve workers’ rights.
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Miners from Tkibuli protesting for a better labour code

In 2017, four miners have been killed there as a result of a shaft collapse. The incident in Tkibuli mine occurred during cable car rehabilitation works. The miners fell 400m down a mine shaft. Georgian Interior Ministry instituted criminal proceedings under Article 240 of the Criminal Code of Georgia, which implies violation of safety rules during execution of mining, construction or other works.

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