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MIR ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION CONCLUDES; ALROSA’S IVANOV SIGNS ORDER FOR DISCIPLINARY SANCTIONS AGAINST 24 EMPLOYEES
21 November 2017
Following the conclusion of Russian governmental supervisory body Rostechnadzor's investigations into the causes of the accident at the Mir mine in August earlier this year, Alrosa's President Sergey Ivanov has reportedly signed an order on disciplinary sanctions against 24 company employees.

According to a press release by Alrosa, the investigation's findings were relayed to Ivanov on November 10th, during a meeting with the head of Rostechnadzor, Alexey Aleshin. The commission concluded that the accident was caused by a combination of hydrogeological, technical and organizational factors.

One of the main causes of the accident reportedly mentioned by the commission was the anomalous hydrogeological complexity of the deposit conditioned by a system of unfavorably underlying cracks in the structural fault. Among the technical reasons, the commission also listed a number of adopted design decisions. In particular, project organizations did not fully take into account complex geological and hydrogeological characteristics of the deposit. The commission also named 16 officials responsible for the violations of industrial safety requirements that led to the accident.

Alrosa's management was ordered to determine the complete list of persons and their personal responsibility for the accident. Pursuant to the order signed by Sergey Ivanov yesterday, the list of responsible persons has been expanded to 24 people, to include the management of Mir underground mine, Mirny Mining and Processing Division, ALROSA and Yakutniproalmaz Institute.

In accordance with the order, Director of Mirny Mining and Processing Division Mikhail Lopatinsky and Chief Engineer of Mirny Mining and Processing Division Alexander Kisilichin have been suspended from their positions with subsequent dismissal from the company for the improper performance of their duties and weakening of the production control. Other responsible persons, including the top management, have been reprimanded, and pecuniary sanctions have been imposed on them. The order also prescribes considering the matter related to the job competence of the Head of Mir underground mine and the Chief Engineer.

In addition, says Alrosa, the order notes the improper execution of existing legislative and other statutory acts, as well as internal regulations of the company by the former director of Alrosa's Yakutniproalmaz research and design institute, Alexander Chaadaev, who was the director at the time of the accident. Chaadaev has reportedly already left the company, replaced by Andrey Zelberg, who was previously the Head of Alrosa's Technical Department.

One of the main tasks set to the new Director of the Institute is the organization of an integrated study and audit of design solutions for all Alrosa facilities. Moreover, he will be in charge of the creation of a forecasting system for any risks that may arise in the future while developing diamond deposits.
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