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Semirara Coal Mine Reports Fatal Accident at Narra Pit in Philippines

Coal News - Published on Wed, 22 Jul 2020

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A worker of Semirara Mining and Power Corp died in an accident near a mining pit on Semirara Island in Antique province late on July 20. Around 8:30 PM on Monday, a limestone boulder fell and hit one of excavator units that led to fatal injury to its operator at an area of the quarry called Narra Pit.

Monday’s accident is the latest in fatal accidents related to mining operations on the island. In October last year, a worker was buried in a mudslide at the Molave Pit. In September 2016, three workers drowned after inhaling poisonous gas inside a barge at the SMPC pier. Nine SMPC workers died in 2015 after excavated soil and part of the northern Panian open mine pit collapsed burying the workers and heavy equipment. On Feb. 13, 2013, five workers also died and five others remained missing and presumed dead following the collapse of the western wall of the Panian Pit.

Owned by David M Consunji Inc, the mining firm has been operating one of the biggest coal mines in Asia in Semirara since 1999 after it took over the then government-owned Semirara Coal Corp. The company employs about 4,000 workers. At least 96 percent of locally produced coal is supplied by SMPC. Semirara Island is among a group of nine islands comprising Caluya town in Antique.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Wed, 22 Jul 2020
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