Safety review after miner’s tragic death

A MINING company has undergone a ‘critical safety impact review’ following the death of an employee at Kellingley Colliery.

Gerry Gibson, 49, from North Yorkshire, was killed when a roof collapsed 800 metres below the surface on September 27.

Wakefield miner Phil Sheldon, 46, was rescued from the pit, which is near Knottingley, and suffered minor injuries.

Colliery operators UK Coal said the review examined critical conditions and working behaviours and that it had already started to implement the findings.

The company said the incident had been a “stark reminder” of the importance of its safety improvement plan and that an incident investigation was nearing completion.

Hemsworth miner Ian Cameron, 46, of Holly Street, was also killed at the colliery, near Knottingley, in October 2009.

UK Coal and equipment manufacturer Joy Mining Machinery will appear at Pontefract Magistrates’ Court on Monday, December 5, in relation to Mr Cameron’s death.