THE coal miners feared something was wrong when they began their early morning shift nearly 2,000ft underground at the Abaiskaya mine in Kazakhstan.
Rumours spread that men from the previous shift had warned of dangerously high gas levels, but managers, determined to hit production targets, were unwilling to stop work.
The miners had good reason to be afraid. Two massive explosions in nearby pits owned by Lakshmi Mittal, Britain’s richest man, had already killed 64 of their colleagues in less than three years.
read the complete story