April, 22, 2013
The majority of the world was very disturbed when they first learned of many miners that were found to be trapped in a cave back in the earlier part of August 2010. They were not sure of what to do or say that could bring them the answers to all the questions they had. This paper will provide information on what occurred the day of August 5, 2010. It will also answer some questions for those people who had family, friends, and co-workers who were trapped in this cave.
Communication Release On August 5, 2010 a gold and copper mine near the northern city of Chile caved in, trapping 33 miners in a chamber about 2300 feet below surface. 17 days passed, as the Chileans grew dramatically skeptical of the incident wondering if any of the miners had survived let alone if not all of them. People are questioning what caused the collapse to take place?
On August 8, 2010 rescue worker began drilling bore holes, about 6 inches in diameter, trying to locate the survivors. President Sebastian Pinera stated, it was still under investigation and had not yet been clear on how or what may have caused the accident; just one week after the collapse. Many families and friends often wondered why it would take so long to get the miners out. Well, in order to be rescued the workers will have to drill lots of rock. A U.S. Mine Health and Safety Administrator Technical support expert mentioned it is estimates getting the miners out will take anywhere from 30 days to four months. The mine was known as the San Jose, was forced to shut down due to a history of accidents to make safety improvements. However, they were not carried through according to law makers and risk prevention specialist who worked for the company. The survival of the miners was due to the bore holes that were drilled so the miners would be able to retrieve food and water. News reported the miners were able to use heavy equipment to provide light and charge the batteries of their head lamps. They began to take their shirts off to endure heat however, they were not threatened by toxic gases which tends to poison miners after cave-ins. Not knowing how much longer they would have to wait until being rescued the miners remained calm although concerned as though did friends and family members. The later learned that it would take 28 more days before they could make the first attempt. The Chilean government reached out to NASA for advice on how to keep the miners mentally a physically fit during what could be months of confinement. The Chile Mine Collapse: Facts About The Amazing Survival Story (2010). They miners were not told how much longer it would last. This was a huge psychological challenge for the miners. Despite all questions of concern regarding safety practices of mines and different organizations, they were adhering to safety procedures, and protocol set forth by the Federation of Chilean Mining Workers, and the Confederation of Copper Workers. Potential needs of the families would be safety issues, letting the families know there is a plan in place to save the miners. Another need would be to provide support in helping the families with grief if they had lost a love one. Once the employees heard of this tragedy they would also need support. Employees would want to know if the company is safe to