An accident due to an explosion in the coal mine in Eynez, operated by the Soma Mine Managements Inc., occured on May 13th, 2014 at around 3.00 pm. This accident turned the me-dia’s attention to the town of Soma in Manisa. After the accident news was heard, especially after the arrival of Minister of Energy and Natural Resources to the area, it became clear that it was a major accident.
However, public was informed about the scale of the accident by late that night. Search and rescue operations, which started following the identification of the scale of the accident, ended with the announcement of 301 workers’ death.
We are presenting our investigation and observation report on what became the 14. worst mine acci-dent since the beginning of the 20th century. The accident is recorded as “Soma Mine Disas-ter” in the pervading occupational accidents in the death history of Turkey. Beginning from Soma, investigation and inspection actions were performed in a vast scale.