Health condition of people injured in mine is satisfactory – Follow-up of Tkibuli accident
05 April, 2018
 Health condition of people injured in mine is satisfactory – Follow-up of Tkibuli accident
Tragic accident in Tkbibuli’s Mindeli mine in Georgia injured three workers and claimed lives of six people.
As the head of Saknakhshiri GIG Group company Jumber Jakeli said, the accident was caused by an earthquake and rock burst. In the aftermath of the violent fracture of rock that can occur in deep mines tremendous pressure erupted injuring several people and claiming lives of six workers.

“It took us an hour to carry out rescue works. It is hard to prevent
such cases. The injured workers have been transferred to the clinic and their heath condition is satisfactory”, Jumber Jakeli told press.
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Accident site

According to head of the coal company, the tragic accident that happened in Tkibuli mine was not caused by the violation of workplace safety standards.
“The violation of labor safety standards should be excluded. As a rule, it is impossible to prevent earthquake and rock burst that previously was also observed in Georgia in 1986. This was the second time that such natural disaster occurred. Small scale rock burst happen quite often, yet such large scale eruption is quite rare”, Head of Saknakhshiri, company owning Tkibuli mine elaborated.
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The First Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development Dimitri Kumsishvili, visited the injured miners at Tkibuli and Kutaisi hospitals. The health condition of the injured is satisfactory.

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Dimitri Kumsishvili, First Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development

As the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia reported, the First Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development expressed his condolences to the family members of the victims and noted that the state will do everything to help the families.

"Sadly, the biggest tragedy has occurred today. I want to express my condolences to the families who have lost their children, brothers, fathers. We will do our best to help the families of the victims", Dimitri Kumsishvili said.
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Tkibuli mine

6 people were killed in the Tkibuli mine, where a ceiling collapsed as a result of the deformation of walls in one of the tunnels. Three miners were injured and are being treated at the hospital.

According to the Chairman of the Parliament of Georgia, amendments have been made to the constitution regarding labor safety and relevant initiatives should be prepared for the improvement of labor standards in Georgia.
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Irakli Kobakhidze, Chairman of the Parliament of Georgia

Irakli Kobakhidze, Chairman of the Parliament of Georgia expressed his condolence to the family members of the miners killed in Mindeli mine today.
"I want to express my sorrow over the death of people in Tkibuli’s Mindeli mine. We are talking about legislation today and it should be noted here again that very sharp measures are to be taken in order to prevent such tragic facts in the future. As you know, amendments have already been made to the Constitution with regard to labor safety. Initiatives should be prepared to improve labor standards in Georgia," said the Chairman of the Parliament of Georgia.

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