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They´ve mined out already a million ton this year

They´ve mined out already a million ton this year

Only one crew across the entire mining territory managed to mine over a million ton this year. A nicely rounded number was achieved during the morning shift from 15th to 16th November at Lazy site of Karviná Mine. The record holders are miners from Stefan Gulak´s crew - the Chief Foreman, and Tadeusz Dziungiel – the Head of the Section, from Alpex contracting company.
“Nevertheless, the base of this success rested in a different panel, under the numerical mark 140 704”, specifies the Alpex Head of Operation at Lazy site, Jan Nowakowski. “There, in the seam thickness of 5,5 -5,7m – i.e. in conditions with extraordinary demands on mining method as well as safety, Gulaks´ mined over 950 ths. tons. Of course, it is a success but it needs to be admitted that such high production was enabled especially due to good geological conditions. The panel was finished on 6th October and only 3 days later, guys were mining in an existing LW panel 139 806.”
The new workplace has similar characteristics – the seam thickness of 4,7 to 6,45m. “However, it is more complicated as it crosses an old mining gate road. There is also a lot of work in heights which means another potential risk,” characterizes the Head of the Section and emphasizes that there are high demands on safety rules observation. “Our crew has been working together for a number of years, there are experienced, responsible and hard working guys who focus on quality performance,” adds Dziugieł and says that working in such difficult environment, injuries sometimes occur. Since the beginning of the year, the crew registered only one reportable injury, three others were recordable ones. Despite that, in a 120 member crew, this is a sound safety result.
Gulak´s guys are mining in the LW 139 806, seam 39, block 8 in full throttle and they say that safety is first. “Safety decides on the final results because health and lives of people are the most valuable what we dispose of,“ says Nowakowski.
It is already clear that Gulak´s crew result in this year will be recorded on the honorable mining skin. There are four best results written from the period 2010 – 2013, two of which are Gulak´s. They were close to a million tons in 2012 when they were shot in 24 ths tons. Last year, it was three quarter of a million. How much it will be this year?

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