China plans to construct refuge chambers in mines

17:25, October 20, 2010      

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As a country with frequent mine disasters, China plans to construct refuge chambers following the "Chilean model."

China should accelerate the compulsory implementation of popularizing advanced and applicable technologies and equipment, such as the mine rescue capsule, refuge chambers, underground personnel positioning and communications and liaison as well as monitoring and control systems within the required deadline, Luo Lin, director of the State Administration of Work Safety, said during the investigation of the mine accident in Henan's Pingyu.

In fact, Luo has mentioned the problem when he was listening to the related reports regarding the mine accident on Oct. 16. He said that when the entire world was watching and discussing the Chilean mine disaster, some people wonder why China has no refuge chambers.

Luo said that the mine disaster in Henan's Pingyu and the Chilean mine disaster should not be lumped together, because they are different both in situation and accident. However, the State Council will immediately plan to construct refuge chambers in Chinese mines.

Experts said that countries like the United States and Canada achieved good results in implementing mandatory requirements for refuge chambers. The underground refuge chamber played a crucial role in the survival of the trapped Chilean miners.

However, in regard to the imposition of the underground emergency system, which is being planned, experts believe there are difficulties in the implementation, especially because of the huge investments required for underground refuge chambers, which will be a big burden for small mines.

By People's Daily Online


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