Worker Injured in Georgia's Chiatura Mine

One man, 32, was seriously injured in Chiatura mine, western Georgia, early on May 20.

The injured miner is Alexander Dekanoidze and, according to the released information, a heavy rock fell on him while he was working in the mine.

He was taken to Kutaisi Central Hospital. Doctors say the patient's condition is grave but stable.

"The patient has a skull-fracture, a fracture of the spine and a swelling of the brain,” one of the doctors stated before the patient was operated on.

Georgian Manganese, a major producer of high-grade and regular-grade silico-manganese in Georgia, which carries out mining operations in seven mines and eight quarries, including Chiatura, has released a statement regarding the incident.

The company says it was an accident, adding the mine ceiling collapsed, leaving a worker injured.

Georgia’s Ministry of Internal Affairs has launched an investigation under Article 240 of the Criminal Code of Georgia, which pertains to the violation of safety rules. 

Another worker died in Chiatura mine in March.

By Thea Morrison

Photo source: Georgian Manganese

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21 May 2018 11:05