NZ mining needs to learn from Queensland - expert
Thu, 08 Nov 2012 9:40a.m.
By 3 News online staff
In the wake of the damning report into the Pike River Mine explosion and New Zealand's governance of the industry, the Australian state of Queensland is being held up as an example of how the industry should be regulated.
Andrew Vickers, the head of Australia's coal mining union, has studied the Royal Commission report and says he was ‘appalled’ with the number of problems the commission found.
“It’s a litany of terrible, terrible errors, the placing of the main fan underground in the seam without explosion-proof panels, a fresh air base which was not a fresh air base, the constant outages caused by high methane levels not being reported through to the department, inadequate ventilation, no second means of egress, inadequate training of new miners, the list just goes on,” he told Firstline this morning.
Mr Vickers says Queensland tightened its safety laws by ‘learning the hard way’ and hopes New Zealand learns the same lessons in the wake of the Pike River disaster.
Post a Comment
Before commenting, please take the time to read our moderation guide
(Won't be published)
9/11/2012 4:43:19 a.m.
m. wallace wrote:
A gassy mine requires close management of ventilation and close management of the use of electricity.Pike River had neither and no government inspectors to expose these failings.An accident waiting to happen.
8/11/2012 5:10:06 p.m.
FAIR NZER wrote:
In fact, all NZ miners should learn from any Commonwealth nation(s) with the best safety record....
8/11/2012 12:44:14 p.m.
NZ miners will be finding out all about Queensland first-hand now that there aren't any mining jobs left in NZ!
32 months after the first earthquake, dozens of Christchurch...
Video has emerged of a skydiving incident in Motueka last ye...
The woman who first tried to lift the lid on paedophile Jame...
Two waterspouts have been spotted over Auckland this afterno...
Copyright © 2013 MediaWorks TV. All Rights Reserved.