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Handlová blast investigation finishes

SEVERAL factors were responsible for a 2009 explosion at a mine in Handlová which left 20 miners dead, an enquiry has found. The contributory factors included the reduced cross-section of the corridor, large amounts of ash in the corridor, the temperature at the centre of the fire which led to the blast, and the opening of the corridor door, according to the results of the investigation, conducted by the Prievidza District Mining Authority.

SEVERAL factors were responsible for a 2009 explosion at a mine in Handlová which left 20 miners dead, an enquiry has found. The contributory factors included the reduced cross-section of the corridor, large amounts of ash in the corridor, the temperature at the centre of the fire which led to the blast, and the opening of the corridor door, according to the results of the investigation, conducted by the Prievidza District Mining Authority.

“Individual factors as such could not create a situation in the ventilation resulting in an explosion of combustible gases,” said Bohuš Sliacky, head of the District Mining Authority, as quoted by the SITA newswire. “It is not possible to clearly determine the main reason for the explosion of the gases based on the findings of the investigation. Therefore, it is not possible to identify a specific and obvious breach of safety regulations.”

Twenty persons died in the August 10, 2009 accident: 11 mine rescuers and nine miners who were all trying to extinguish a fire in the Handlová mine, some 330 metres below ground level.


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