2 dead in mining accident in NE Estonia, possible gas leak blamed ({{commentsTotal}})

{{1422602124000 | amCalendar}}

An accident at the underground mine in Estonia caused the death of two workers late on Thursday.

ERR's correspondent in the area, Ago Gaškov, said the bodies were found by the next shift. No signs of violence or a cave-in were found.

"One theory is a gas or carbon monoxide poisoning. There might have been problems with the ventilation," Gaškov said.

Both men were in their late 30s and had worked in mines for 18 years each. The men were tasked with digging new paths underground.

The "Estonia" mine is the nation's largest underground oil shale rock mine. It is located in Ida-Viru County and was opened in 1972.

The incident is the second major one to hit Eesti Energia this month. On January 6, tons of ash fell on a group of workers at the company's Auvere Power Plant. Eight were injured, three seriously.

Editor: J.M. Laats

Easter Monday a public holiday? But you're forgetting productionEaster Monday a public holiday? But you're forgetting production
Estonia’s Easter Monday time loop: Discussing an additional day off

Every year, Estonia reliably asks itself the question whether or not Easter Monday should be made a public holiday. Opinions differ. While one side emphasizes the importance of family time, the other thinks an additional day off would threaten economic growth.

Minister of Social Protection Kaia Iva (IRL).Minister of Social Protection Kaia Iva (IRL).
Samost: Kaia Iva’s charisma could help IRL out of long-term low

In Sunday’s “Samost ja Rumm” radio debate show, editor-in-chief of ERR’s online news, Anvar Samost, and journalist and former politician Hannes Rumm discussed the potential and actual candidates for the chairmanship of the Pro Patria and Res Publica Union (IRL). At the time of the broadcast, Helir-Valdor Seeder had not yet made his intention to run public.