Kazakhstan coal miners killed in an explosion

At the end of August, the Kazakhstanskaya coal mine in the Karaganda region, just south of the capital Astana, operated by ArcelorMittal Temirtau was rocked by a major explosion. The blast was caused by extremely high levels of methane gas. Three workers were killed while three others were seriously injured. This is not the first time that major incidents have occurred at this mine. Coal mining is a very hazardous industry worldwide as companies put profits above workers’ lives, (see here, here and here). In Kazakhstan, independent unions are also heavily repressed.