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Challenges facing the health system in responding to mining accidents: The case of the zemestan-yurt mine explosion in iran (2017)

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(2021) Challenges facing the health system in responding to mining accidents: The case of the zemestan-yurt mine explosion in iran (2017). Journal of Occupational Health and Epidemiology. pp. 204-208. ISSN 22518096 (ISSN)

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Background: Occupational accidents cause death and disabilities among millions of workers around the world. The mining industry is among the riskiest occupations in this respect. This study aims to investigate interventions made and challenges faced by the health system in response to the Zemestan-Yurt Mine explosion in the Golestan Province, Iran, 2017. Materials and Methods: In this article, being a field report, data were collected through direct observations and interviews with first responders involved in the response process, and by checking national and local reports from other organizations. Result: On Wednesday, May 4, 2017, at 11:58 AM, an explosion occurred in the Yurt coal mine, Golestan Province, in which 126 people were affected directly or indirectly. In fact, 43 workers were killed immediately after the explosion of a coal wagon, 55 were dispatched to hospitals, and 28 received outpatient health services. In this incident, more than 100 teams from various organizations, including the health system, arrived at the scene and carried out relief and rescue operations. Conclusions: The results of the current study indicate that the health system does not have specific instructions, training plans, as well as well-trained and prepared personnel for managing mine-related accidents. Besides, interactions are not integrated and coordinated among disaster management response teams. Therefore, developing preparedness instructions for responding to disasters, forming rapid response teams and training them for industrial accidents, as well as performing joint exercises and drills with responsible organizations can be effective in improving responses to such accidents. © The Author(s) 2021; All rights reserved. Published by Rafsanjan University of Medical Sciences Press.

Item Type: Article
Safi-Keykaleh, M.UNSPECIFIED
Keywords: Explosions Health Services Health System Iran Occupational Accidents
Page Range: pp. 204-208
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Occupational Health and Epidemiology
Journal Index: Scopus
Volume: 10
Number: 3
Identification Number:
ISSN: 22518096 (ISSN)
Depositing User: مهندس مهدی شریفی

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