Q.C. Excerpt from “Report of a formal investigation under Section 98 of the Coal Mines Regulation Act 1982 by his Honour Acting Judge J.H. Q.C. [64], In March 1992 at the TCC Kozla mine, 263 miners were killed due to a firedamp explosion[65]. This paper is concerned with the prosecutions arising out the Gretley mine disaster in 1996. A methane explosion at a depth of 1,030 meters caused the November 21 tragedy. In Moura on 7 August 1994 a third major mining accident occurred with an explosion at Moura No. The Cherry Mine disaster was a fire in the Cherry, Illinois, coal mine in 1909, and surrounding events, in which 259 men and boys died. On appeal, the conviction against the two companies was affirmed, as was that against the mine manager and former mine manager. The water came from the long-abandoned old workings of the Young Wallsend Colliery. On 14 November 1996, four workers at the Newcastle Wallsend Coal Company’s Gretley Colliery were killed due to an inrush of water. An explosion in 1878, at the Wood Pit, Haydock, Lancashire, killed over 200 workers, although only 189 were included in the 'official list'. The Courrières mine disaster was the worst ever pit mine disaster in Europe. Rio Tinto is looking for a Health & Safety Advisor to join the team to support and deliver H&S services at their Pilbara operations. The company was fined $1.47 million and the mine managers a total of $102,000. When using the "deaths per million tons of coal production" measure, on any given day, a Turkish coal miner is 360 times more likely to be killed in a Turkish mine than an American coal miner is in an American mine, and 5 times more likely to die from the lax mine safety standards of the Turkish mines than even a Chinese coal miner, whose country places with a distant second in terms of safety related deaths per million tons of coal produced.[70]. The Queensland Government recently approved the mining leases of the Olive Downs Coking Coal Project in the Galilee Basin in Central Queensland. This is an incomplete list of notable mining accidents and disasters: The Bulli Mine Disaster of 23 March 1887 involved a gas explosion in the mine that killed 81 men and boys, leaving 50 women widows and 150 children without fathers. The beam blocked the shaft and entombed hundreds of miners. The four men were engulfed by the water, swept away and drowned. [5][better source needed]. For example, a gas explosion at the Nanshan Colliery killed 24 people on November 13, 2006; the mine was operating without any safety license and the Xinhua News Agency claimed the cause was incorrect usage of explosives. Coal mining is considered much more hazardous than hard rock mining due to flat-lying rock strata, generally incompetent rock, the presence of methane gas, and coal dust. This disaster resulted in a reworking of modern mining occupational health and safety rules.

It was later found that the machine had dug into the old workings of the disused Young Wallsend Colliery, which was where the water came from. Submit your details to receive the media kit. The Gretley mine disaster of 1996 claimed the lives of four men following an inrush of water. GRETLEY - RELIANCE ON FAULTY PLANS Disaster struck the Gretley Colliery near Newcastle (NSW) on 14 November 1996. [43][44] A few days later on September 3, 2012 14 miners were killed at Gaokeng Coal Mine in Jiangxi province. [clarification needed] This was due to the increasing number of mines being sunk to greater depths into gas-containing strata, combined with poor safety and management practices.

The water came from the long-abandoned old workings of the Young Wallsend Colliery. [72] Another disaster that killed many miners was the Hartley Colliery Disaster, which occurred in January 1862 when the beam of the pumping engine broke suddenly and fell into the single shaft serving the pit.