Sofia, July 2013
July mine deaths cause for alarm as work accidents rise in Bulgaria
On 16 July a deadly accident occurred in the Oranovo mine in southwest Bulgaria. Two miners died and two more are
presumed dead (search for them, in extremely difficult conditions, has been going on without results as of 31 July) after a
landslide in the mine. Accidents such as this one are not novel in this specific mine, which has seen several deaths lately.
Economy and energy minister Daniela Bobeva said after the tragedy that 31 inspections had been made in Oranovo in
the past years registering 163 violations, 124 of which linked with safe working conditions. What is more worrying is that
Oranovo is not an isolated case, and neither is the mining sector.
See full PDF version: Bulgaria Chronicle 4 – Occupational safety and health