On Thursday, August 5, 2010, thirty-three Chilean mine workers became trapped 2300 feet underground after the San Jose mine entrance ramp in collapsed. With the escape shaft blocked off, there was not a way for them to evacuate safely, as well as no clear way for the 130 man rescue team to get inside to free the miners. Once communication had been set up between the miners and the rescue team, it was found that all of the miners were still alive. They would remain trapped for exactly sixty-nine days before a drill would be used to create an exit hole large enough to extract all of the miners. It was later discovered that in the past the company received some citations for unsafe conditions at the mine. It was unclear whether or not the company had been at fault at the time of the collapse. Despite the obvious blessing and gratefulness of the miners and their families, thirty-one of the thirty-three miners filed a lawsuit claiming negligence. There was a substantial judgment against the company that released $541K for each miner.
Communication (meeting) with the families:
We come before you today humbled by tragedy, as we reluctantly must inform you that our San Jose mine collapsed trapping your loved ones inside. At this time it is unsure of what actually caused the mine to collapse, how many miners and the physical condition of those trapped inside, nor do we know of any fatalities at this time. Rest assured that we will inform you of any and all new information as quickly as we receive it. We employ you to be patient and allow our rescue team to do their jobs and get your family home safe.
Memo for the employees:
August 5, 2010
We come before you today to inform you of an unfortunate incident at the mine today. Something occurred which caused the entrance of the mine to collapse trapping workers inside. All operations will cease and the rescue operation will begin, as well as we will be...