By César F. Rosado Marzán
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
September 13, 2010 Volume: 156 Issue: 178
The 33 miners trapped in Chile, a sliver of country in South America’s southern Pacific edge, have caught the world’s attention. A story first about a tragedy and then about a miracle when the 33 miners were found alive, shook the world.
What has not been reported by the international news organizations with the same intensity is that this tragedy should not have happened at all.
As recently as July 9, 2010, only weeks before the accident, the government of Chile, Latin America’s economic “jaguar,” knew that the mine was collapsing and created a serious hazard to the health and safety of its workers.