Miner chokes to Death in Benguet Tunnel

Miner chokes to Death in Benguet Tunnel

ITOGON, Benguet, Philippines – The lack of air flow and ventilation in a small- scale mining work place again resulted in the death of a worker who was choked to death inside a mine tunnel in Itogon town the other day, a belated report by the Benguet police said.

The police identified the victim as Feliciano Oydoc Lis-ig, 44, native of Sabangan town in Mt. Province, a contractual miner at Luneta, Itogon, who was found lifeless eight hours after he and his co-miners entered an “usok” (Ilokano for a small, wet, cramped and gaseous portal) for the day’s work.

Police said that Lis-ig with several others entered the tunnel in the early morning hours and all emerged out of the work site six hours after, except the victim.

Lis-ig’s co-workers said that victim could have entered another mine tunnel and waited for them. But after more than an hour, Lis-ig never came out prompting them to re-enter the tunnel.

His dead body was discovered around 10 AM., said Benguet police director Sr. Supt. Florante Camuyot.

Lis-ig was one in the long list of contractual miners who choked to death inside poorly-ventilated and airless underground mining work areas in the so-called gold rush district in Itogon. Thom Picana/ northboundasia.com