Labor ministry launches probe into Soma mine inspectors

Two inspectors who approved the mine in Soma that suffered a catastrophic disaster claiming the lives of 301 miners investigated

Two inspectors who approved the mine in Soma that suffered a catastrophic disaster claiming the lives of 301 miners investigated

MANISA - Turkey's Labor Ministry has launched an investigation into two inspectors who approved the last inspection of the coal mine in Soma, western Turkey, where 301 miners lost their lives May 13.

The head of the Labor and Social Security Ministry's inspection committee, Mehmet Tezel, said three officers were assigned to conduct the investigation into the two inspectors over possible negligence. 

Tezel also pledged that every person found responsible for the country’s worst mining disaster would be held to account. 

Turkey's labor inspectors had ordered Monday a halt to mining operations in another coal mine run by the same company, Soma Coal Enterprises Inc., according to Soma’s district governor.

More than thirty people have been detained and eight arrested, including the executives of the company, in the ongoing investigation into the Soma mine disaster.

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