Almaty, Kazakhstan: The company and the Ministry of Emergency Affairs stated that six workers were killed in a methane explosion at the ArcelorMittal mine in Kazakhstan on Sunday, and two others were in a “critical state.”
On Sunday morning, a sudden explosion occurred at the Abaiskaya coal mine operated by ArcelorMittal Temirtau, which is the Kazakh division of the steel giant in the Karaganda region of Central Asian industry.
Sixty four workers were in the mine at the time of the accident, and 56 were able to get out.
“Six people died (and) two were injured,” the emergencies ministry said in a statement.
ArcelorMittal said the accident had taken place due to an “outburst” of gas and coal.
The company said the two injured workers were in “critical condition.”
A government committee headed by Yury Ilyin, Minister of Emergency Situations, was sent to the scene.
Due to lax safety measures and obsolete infrastructure, mining accidents are quite common in the countries of the former Soviet Union.