The People

The miners of Milos reminisce. Men and women who worked in the Milos mines trace their memories and their lives’ trajectories in the abandoned galleries and recount events they experienced during those years.

Short film “Those days at the mines of Milos”

Στα ορυχεία της Μήλου εκείνα τα χρόνια – Τhose days at the mines of Milos from Milos Mining Museum on Vimeo.

Director – Screenpaly: Efi Xirou

Workers today

Pains taking, manual labor in the mines of Milos, is a think of the past. Bulldozers have replaced the pick, loaders are used instead of spades and trucks instead of mules. Nowadays there is no need for men to use spades in order to fill small sacks and then carry them to loading boats and from there on to the cargo ships. Conveyor belts are used instead, which can transport 700 tons per hour, and load boats of 25-30.000 tons capacity.
Dust emissions from chimneys and filters are minimal – 10 times under the limits stipulated by legislation – while the wetting of the roads ensures low dust levels in the work place.
Prevention of dangerous illnesses and of hazardous situations requires constant care.
Measurements of noise levels and technical means of noise suppression, protection measures (helmet, safety boots, work clothing, glasses, face masks, ear plugs, gloves), where required, and continuous medical monitoring of the workers aim at the protection of their health on the one hand and at the safe and unhindered conduction of their work on the other. Modern mechanical equipment, process automation, preventive maintenance, and workers training in safe working practices, have greatly contributed to the reduction of both the frequency and gravity of accidents.

Η μεταλλευτική ιστορία της Μήλου – The mining history of Milos from Milos Mining Museum on Vimeo.

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