The Soma coal mine, where 301 workers lost their lives in a May 13 disaster, received a “perfect” score in March by an official inspector, who is the brother-in-law of a senior executive of the company, daily Hürriyet has revealed.
Labor chief inspector Emin Gümüş last inspected the mine in the western Turkish province of Manisa on March 13, 14, 17 and 18. Noting that 2,948 people were working in the mine, including 2,938 who were identified in the inspection as working “very dangerous” jobs, Gümüş reported that “no shortcomings were found in the scheduled inspection.”
Gümüş is married to the sister of Hayri Kebapçılar, the Project and Studies Manager of the Soma mine. “Even if an inspector is commissioned to work in a mine where one of your relatives works, he should put aside this relationship by revealing faults,” an expert told daily Hürriyet, stressing that inspecting the electrical equipment alone should usually take more than a month.
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