February 21, 2013
Instructor: Yuvonne Richmond
Chilean Copper Mine Collapse Report
In the article that I had to research called “Over 30 workers trapped after Chilean Copper Mine Collapse” (Weik, 2010) it talks about what occurred on August 5, 2010 in which the San Jose mine collapsed trapping approximately 30 workers. The article indicated that prior to the collapse a fatal accident occurred in 2007 which closed the mine for a period of time but later opened in the later part of the year. It also detailed that the rescuers were attempting to locate the workers so they would be able to drill their way into the mine in order to provide the workers with food, water, and oxygen but a second collapse occurred during that process. The additional articles I reviewed regarding this report did not provide enough detail regarding the status of the minors and their health but stated more about the company reasons to why this event occurred and providing statements such as “Major mining accidents are uncommon in Chile, the world’s top cooper producer” (Arthur, 2010) and stating “How Chile is the top copper producer in the world so mining accidents are uncommon in when its monitored so closely by authorities” (Soto, 2010). Basically, the articles never really explained why and how this incident occurred the communication was not very effective.
Effective communication is very important regardless of the way it is used to communicate with the audience. Some of the considerations to be given in the different roles and speaking with the different audiences you must consider the communication barrier, cultural diversity, perceptions, and body language of your audience. If the communication is done incorrectly it could possibly affect not alone the families of the workers but also the reputation of the company. The
References: Wade, T., (2010, October 13) Chilean miners rescued after 69 days underground. Retrieved from http://www.reuters.com/article/2010/10/13/us-chile-miners-idUSN0925972620101013 Soto, A. (2010) Leading the Rescue of the Miners in Chile. Retrieved from: http://kw.wharton.upenn.edu/wdp/files/2011/07/Leading-the-Miners-Rescue.pdf Arthur, K., (2010, August 6) Chile mine collapse traps 34 miners. Retrieved from: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-10897327 Weik, J. (2010, August 6) Over 30 workers trapped after Chilean copper mine collapse. Metal bulletin daily. (224), 65.