Colombia’s mining agency Ingeominas promised to increase the number of security checks at mines after an explosion in a mine in the north of the country killed 21 miners.
According to Spanish news agency EFE, the mining agency announced it will conduct 5,803 visits to active mines this year.
The announcement came shortly after President Juan Manuel Santos said Ingeominas will be thoroughly reorganized.
The mining agency became the center of controversy after reports that security measures in the mine where 21 people got killed in an explosion were approved only months before the deadly accident.
Dozens of Colombian miners die each year in work-related accidents.