Firms fined over miner’s death

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A MINING company and machinery supplier have been fined more than £500,000 for serious safety breaches which led to the death of a Hemsworth miner.

UK Coal and Joy Mining Ltd were sentenced at Leeds Crown Court today after both pleaded guilty to the breaches that led to Ian Cameron’s death.

UK Coal admitted failing to take steps to ensure the safety of workers using powered roof supports.

Joy Mining admitted failing to send out information of a dangerous defect in their powered roof support.

Mr Cameron, a 46-year-old dad-of-two, died at Kellingley Colliery in October 2009 when a powered roof support spontaneously lowered on to him, pushing him against large amounts of debris that had accumulated within the walkway of the support.

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