18 July 2012
Fatal mining accident may result in legal case
An accident at work that resulted in a man passing away could lead to a compensation claim being launched by his family.
Ian Cameron died at the age of 46 in October 2009 from crush injuries he suffered while employed by UK Coal at the Kellingley colliery when a powered roof support lowered spontaneously and trapped him.
Mr Cameron - who had 30 years' experience working in the mining industry - was crushed against a large amount of debris, which had gathered near the walkway of this piece of equipment.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) established that UK Coal had failed to take proper measures to ensure its workers could use this machinery safely.
Meanwhile, manufacturer Joy Mining Machinery was also found to have breached regulation by not notifying customers of a defect in their roof supports.
Paul Bradley, principal inspector of mines at the HSE, commented: "This is the fifth prosecution HSE has had to take against UK Coal in the past five years involving the deaths of five miners, each under very tragic circumstances."
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Posted by Chris Stevenson