Pike River: DOL Mines Inspector tells of “impossible task”

Kevin Poynter setting the record straight at the Pike River Inquiry.The Labour Department has made only two prosecutions of underground mines in New Zealand since 2005, an inquiry into the Pike River tragedy has heard. Alan Cooper, the department's health and safety practice leader, admitted he had not known the number of prosecutions was so small. The department needed to have a "clearer focus on potential for harm", he told the inquiry at Greymouth District Court this afternoon. Nigel [...]

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