The mining industry has played a central and often tragic role in Latin American history, starting with the hunger for gold and silver that drove the Spanish conquest and led to the enslavement of indigenous people. 5th August 2010, 33 Chilean miners were trapped 2,000 feet underground for over two weeks. The miners were working at a depth of around 450m (1,475ft) at the San Esteban mine, near the city of Copiapo, when the rock above them collapsed. (Herald, 2010) This was a headline around the world and forever pain for the miners and their family members. Major incident is uncommon in Chile, the top mine producer country.
On this particular day, there was an explosion in the rig that caused a huge fire causing eleven workers to die and leaving 17 hurt (Walsh 2). The fire burned for 36 hours, until the rig fomally sank (BP Internal Investigation 3). Even from the beginning people’s lives were taken away, and not only did many people die but it made some depressed and caused other to have financial problems. Even though BP did not own the oil rig they were held accountable for what happened. The (Macondo oil well), was drilled less than a year ago, but was “owned by the drilling company Transocean and leased to the energy giant BP” (Walsh 1).
The company would then express their sincere concerns for the trapped miners. Works Cited 1. Weik, J. (2010). Over 30 workers trapped after Chilean copper mine collapse.
The Chilean mining accident The recent 2010 Copiapó mining accident, to us known as the Chilean mining accident began on 5th of August 2010 as a large collapse at the San José copper-gold mine in the Atacama Desert. During the collapse there were thirty three men inside the mine; trapped 700 meters underground; five kilometers from the entrance. It is not surprising that the public thought that the miners would not have survived the collapse or starve to death. Thou it sounds like there is no escape, the miners survived underground for a record of sixty nine days. The mine that collapse had a history of instability that had caused previous accidents, including death.
After searching for the oil and finding means of it, there was a gas release and explosion that took place. During the explosion 11 crewmembers had lost their lives. After the explosion had finished the company had realized that hydrocarbons were leaking into the water. It has been estimated that 4.9 million barrels of oil had leaked into the Golf of Mexico. BP at this point in time had two main issues, how are we going to fix the oil spill and how are we going to tell the public we made a mistake.
On August 5, 2010 the San José mine, a small copper operation in northern Chile owned by Minera San Esteban Primera, suffered a cave-in leaving 33 workers trapped underground at a depth of 300 meters. The following Saturday a second cave-in forced rescuers to suspend works for several hours. Some brief background on the accident. It was revealed that accidents in major mines are rare, but local organizations, such as the federation of Chilean mining workers (FMC) and the confederation of copper workers (CTC) questioned Minera San Esteban's safety record, where several fatal accidents were previously reported at the small company. Weik, J.
Richard raises questions on the value of human life in accordance with safe products and how the loss of morality awards loyalty. The case of the collapsed mine shaft takes place in West Virginia. Miners worked below the surface in a tunnel digging for coal. The director of safety reported to the mine manager that gas buildup occured over the two preceding days, and it became serious enough to close all operations until the buildup cleared. The owner of the mine decided the buildup lacked seriousness and decided to take a risk and keep the mine running because orders needed filled and closing the mine would disrupt business and stop income.
The widespread question raised by the majority of the population asked was this disaster an inevitable event or was there blame to be placed on operators mishandling of the situation? It was discovered that the accident may have been prevented if there weren’t serious mistakes made by the facility operators. There were four functional reactors the night of the explosion. Of the four functioning reactors, reactor number four was the only one running at the time of the incident. As a result of the system being strained, alarms rang out at approximately 0130 (Zhores, 1990).
Bhopal Have you ever experienced such a life changing event that people all around the world hear about, and you've only dreamt about a disaster so bad? In 1984 a gas reaction happened in Bhopal, India that caused thousands upon thousands of deaths. Many of the deaths happened during the wee hours of the morning when people were sleeping, so they had no chance to live. The Bhopal, India incident, during which a gas/chemical leak from a Union Carbide plant killed thousands, would not have occurred if the company had taken the same safety measures required in first world countries. On December 3, 1984 a horrible accident occurred in the petrochemical capital of Central India,(Wolpert 152).
Falling into sixth place are coal miners with a fatality rate of 38.9 per 100,000. Next are mining machine operators at 38.7 per 100,000. Then are roofers at 32.4 per 100,000. After that are refuse and recycling collectors at a rate... ... middle of paper ... ...to shut down. The production of energy from any source must create value to society while minimizing damage to the people or environment as much as possible.