Jul 22

Workplace drug test swoop nets 31 coal mine staff

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Workplace drug testing at the Stockton Mine on the West Coast has seen 31 Solid Energy staff and contractors test positive for illegal drugs and street-legal synthetic drugs. Solid Energy communications manager Vicki Blyth confirmed that Stockton Alliance carried out drug and alcohol testing at the mine during the week of 22nd June.…

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Jun 23

Pike River mine management waited “51 minutes to call emergency services”

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Contractors working at the Pike River mine at the time of the explosion say management took 51 minutes to contact emergency services following last November’s first explosion and initially had no idea how many miners were underground. Information released by contractors owed money by the mine shows Pike River also failed to tell…

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Jun 21

John Key admits Pike River mine would be illegal in Australia

Posted by Dave Griffith

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key has told The Australian newspaper that the Pike River Mine “would be illegal” if it were constructed in Australia. He also acknowledged that there are deficiencies in New Zealand’s mining safety regulations. A Royal Commission inquiry is to investigate the Pike River coal mine accident, where 29…

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