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The following the most tragic mining disasters have occurred in Poland:

1880 – Renard coal mine in Sosnowiec - 200 killed.
1896 – Kleofas coal mine in Katowice – 104 killed.
1923 – Rozbark in Bytom – 145 killed.
1931 – Wacław coal mine in Nowa Ruda – 151 killed.
1941 – Nowa Ruda coal mine in Nowa Ruda – 180 killed.
1954, 21 March - Barbara-Wyzwolenie coal mine in Chorzow - 81-102 killed
1958, 28 August – Makoszowy coal mine in Zabrze - 72 killed.
1971, 23 March – Rokitnica coal mine in Zabrze– 10 killed (after seven days rescuers found Alojzy Piątek alive).
1974, 28 June – Silesia coal mine in Czechowice-Dziedzice - 34 killed.
1978, 5 July – Staszic coal mine in Katowice - 4 killed.
1979, 10 October – Dymitrow coal mine in Bytom - 34 killed.
1979, 30 October - Silesia coal mine in Czechowice-Dziedzice - 22 killed (twenty days after disaster in Dymitrow)
1982, 29-30 November – Dymitrow coal nime in Bytom - 19 killed.
1985, 22 December – Wałbrzych coal mine in Wałbrzych – 18 killed.
1987, 4 February – Mysłowice coal mine in Mysłowice – 18 killed.
1990, 16 January - Halemba coal mine in Ruda Śląska - 19 killed
1990 – Śląsk coal mine in Ruda Śląska - 4 killed.
1991 – Halemba coal mine in Ruda Śląska - 5 killed.
1993 – Miechowice coal mine in Bytom – 6 killed.
1995 – Nowy Wirek coal mine in Ruda Śląska – 5 killed.
1996 – Bielszowice coal mine in Zabrze - 5 killed
1998, 24 February – Niwka-Modrzejów coal mine in Sosnowiec – death of 6 rescuers.
2000 – mining enterprise in Piekary Śląskie – 3 killed.
2002, 6 February – Jas-Mos coal mine in Jastrzębie Zdrój – 10 killed.
2005, June – Pokój coal mine Ruda Śląska – 2 killed. In the same year in Zofiówka (Jastrzębie Zdrój), three persons died.
2006, 27 July – Pokój coal mine - 4 miners killed.
2006, 21 November - a methane explosion killed 23 people in Halemba in Ruda Śląska
2009, 18 September - a methane explosion killed 20 people in Wujek-Śląsk in Ruda Śląska (12 died in coal mine, 8 in hospitals).

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