Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

NEWS IN SHORT

Top brass at Nováky mine accused

AN INVESTIGATOR has laid charges against four managers of the mine at Hornonitrianske Bane Nováky following a fatal mine accident, the SITA newswire reported. Four miners were killed in a cave-in in the mine in west-central Slovakia on November 16, 2006. Eleven other miners escaped.

AN INVESTIGATOR has laid charges against four managers of the mine at Hornonitrianske Bane Nováky following a fatal mine accident, the SITA newswire reported. Four miners were killed in a cave-in in the mine in west-central Slovakia on November 16, 2006. Eleven other miners escaped.



The four managers are accused of general endangerment and if found guilty could be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison, Katarína Hlaváčová, a spokesperson for Trenčín police told the SITA newswire.

The accident also destroyed heavy mining equipment worth over Sk198 million.

Several miners have launched public attacks on the company's management, blaming them for the deaths of their colleagues. According to the miners, the company saved money by not carrying out necessary monitoring at the mine sites.

In October 2007, the District Mining Office in Prievidza announced that, based on its investigation, it believed the tragedy had been caused by adverse geological conditions and violations of occupational safety rules.

However, the report was unable to conclude whether stricter adherence to the rules would have detected the conditions that caused the cave-in.


Top stories

Quidditch becomes reality in Slovakia as first teams emerge Video

The wizard sport, fighting for its status in the real sports world, has won the hearts of some Slovaks.

Robert Fico is not Saddam Hussein

It would take too long to list all the crazy distortions the international media presented about Central Europe and the Czech election campaign this week.

Babiš

Top stories from Last Week in Slovakia Video

Voters’ indifference affects regional votes - Can Slovaks be lured back from Britain? - Petit Press majority owner dies

Foreigners: Top 10 events in Bratislava Video

Tips for the top 10 events in the capital between October 20 and October 29, plus regular services in different languages, training, temporary exhibitions and highlights of the year.

International Halloween Party