Novak said of the high risk of major accidents in coal mines

Russian coal mines are still high risks of major accidents. This was stated by Russian energy Minister Alexander Novak at a meeting with Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, reports TASS.

He said that the level of lethal injuries in the mines per thousand employed was lower than in other industries, in particular, at 130% lower than in the extraction of metal ores and Maritime transport. “However, mines in Russia remain high the risks of major accidents,” he added.

He reported that the dynamics of lethal injuries in the mines of the past years indicates the periodicity of accidents with a large number of dead. According to Novak, most often accidents happen because of a methane explosion. He noted that after the accident at the Raspadskaya mine in 2010 has been significantly tightened control over observance of safety rules, including by improving the regulatory framework, and in 2015 were approved new safety rules for mines.

At the end of February 2016 the accident occurred in a coal mine “Severnaya”. In the mine there were several explosions, the victims were 36 people.

After that, Vice-Premier of Russia Arkady Dvorkovich said that the Russian government will tighten controls on safety in coal mines. The owner of the metallurgical company “Mechel” Igor Zyuzin, in turn, has proposed to develop a programme to encourage the transition to the open method of mining. However, as found RBC, the government plans to gradually eliminate only loss-making mines in Prokopyevsk, Kiselevsk and Anzhero-Sudzhensk, but about the mass closure of mines.