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Friday, August 13, 2010

Miner Breaks Stalin-Era Record As 4 Die Per 1M Tons

In China, if miners die because of poor safety, their bosses die too.

In Ukraine — whose death rate comes second — the bosses prosper, the miners perish. And some miners even push the envelope!

No sooner had the bodies from the latest accident been recovered than Serhiy Shemuk produced a mind-boggling 170 tons of coal (2,023% of plan). That beats the Stalin-era Stakhanov record by 68 tons.

“I don’t need the money. Just give me the medal.” That’s how one boss summed up a worker’s attitude in an industry that saw 151 deaths in 2009 alone.

Seriously, shouldn’t we have medals for this? For 3,000% of plan? For slaving away in the deathtraps of Donbas and enjoying it? Got killed? Your family will pick it up for you posthumously.

The Yanukovych regime and the International Medals Fund should medalize everyone willing to help them prosper.

Fortunately, some miners beg to differ.

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Gabriela said...

That's a sad record to be broken.

Ljudmila said...

It`s a cruel work. I do not understand why in this technological era we are so very prooud of, robots have still not replaced human beings. (Perhaps in some places they have)

Anonymous said...

Here, we don't have mines, so we don't have accidents.

Taras said...


Yes, it's a record that lends itself to the horrible stats.

On August 19, another miner died.


In some places, yes, they do have more safety. But not in Ukraine.

Being a Ukrainian coal miner amounts to being a biorobot.


Even if you had them, I'm sure they'd be safer than ours.

A death rate like ours would be unthinkable in a European country.

Anonymous said...

It's sad for sure. Mining is a dangerous business, even here in Canada. Another industry, fishing, for comparison: in eastern Canada, over the last 3 centuries, roughly 200,000 (two hundred thousand) fisherman have drowned (on the job). Even today, with much less fishing, I can think of 10 fishing drownings over the last few months, in a total fishing workforce of ~3000-4000. Total catch less than 10,000 (10 thousand) tons of fish.