Coal miners who narrowly escaped an explosion are in stable condition following medical treatment, reported Sichuan Online and West China City Daily. The blast occurred in Rong County's Xinsheng coal mine last Sunday. During the incident, several workers inhaled harmful gases, causing feelings of discomfort and nausea that obstructed their ability to intake food. They were taken to the Zigong Fourth Hospital for hyperbaric oxygen treatment.
One of the workers, Cheng Shangquan, reported feeling better since yesterday morning and managed to down a bowl of porridge and four steamed buns for breakfast.
Chief nurse Fan Lijuan briefed the miners prior to the treatment, reminding them to each breathe uniformly, press the oxygen mask tightly to prevent leakage and not bring any flammable objects into the treatment room. The session lasted 90 minutes.
According the the hospital's deputy medical director, Luo Changbin, most of the miners can be discharged in three to five days, with two requiring more observation.
In addition, the hospital screened 130 workers at the mine who might have been in contact with toxic substances. The comprehensive physical examination did not uncover any form of abnormality.
A security meeting was called in Rong County yesterday, requesting all mining enterprises in the county to stop production and carry out safety rectifications.
Negotiations are ongoing for compensations to the families of the six miners who died in the accident. Ventilation and mitigation works are being carried out at the accident site to facilitate investigations.