Sep 13

First blast at Pike River killed most miners says Mines Rescue

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The NZ Mines Rescue Service believes the initial shockwave of the first Pike River explosion killed most of the 29 men underground immediately. The initial explosion occurred in the mine on November 19 last year. Lawyer for the Mines Rescue Service, Garth Gallaway, made the claim during the inquiry into the disaster this…

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Jul 13

Pike River explosion had “origins in repealing of regulations”

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Robin Hughes, the former chief inspector of coal mines told the Royal Commission into the tragedy today that “The explosion at Pike River mine..had its origins in the repealing of the Coal Mining Act and regulations in 1993.” The commission is inquiring into the disaster at the West Coast coal mine in November…

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Jul 7

Green Party attacks government over Pike River mine safety

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NZ Green party MP Kevin Hague attacked the government over mine safety standards using a photo from inside the Pike River coal mine as evidence. The picture tabled in parliament showed a 55m vertical ladder inside the coal pit. Before safety rules were relaxed under a National government in the 1990s, mine ladders…

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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

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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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