Worker dies in coal mine collapse in northern Turkey

A miner died after a collapse occurred in a privately-owned coal mine at approximately 1 a.m. in Turkeyand’s northern province of Zonguldak on Wednesday.
The miner has been identified as 43-year-old Ergin Ceylan. According to a report by the Dogan news agency, after the ceiling of the mine collapsed, Ceylan became trapped underground. His co-workers failed to pull him out and had to ask for help from Turkish Hard Coal Enterprises (TTK) and the Prime Ministryand’s Disaster and Emergency Management Directorate (AFAD).
A TTK team was only able to retrieve Ceylanand’s body after a five-hour-long effort.
An investigation has been launched into the collapse.
Turkey has a bad record on labor deaths, especially in the mining sector. In May 2014, 301 workers died in a coal mine in western Turkey — the worst mining disaster in Turkeyand’s history. The deaths came after an explosion and fire at a mine in Soma, a small town in western Turkey, and most of the 301 workers died from carbon monoxide poisoning as a result.
Following the tragedy, the government came under fire for failing to conduct proper inspections to determine whether safety measures were being adequately implemented at the Soma mine, with expert reports pointing to substantial negligence as the cause of the tragedy.
In terms of the annual number of accidents in the workplace, Turkey ranks highest among European countries and third in the world. Marking a tragic year in the countryand’s history for workplace safety records, 2014 saw 1,886 workers die in work-related accidents.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman